Turkish Navy commissions first intelligence-gathering ship

by Lale Sariibrahimoglu

TCG Ufuk (A-591) will be used by Turkey's National Intelligence Organization for signal and electronic intelligence missions while also meeting the test and training vessel requirements of the Turkish Navy. (Cem Devrim Yaylali)

Turkey's first dedicated intelligence-gathering ship, TCG Ufuk (A-591), was officially commissioned into service at Istanbul Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, on 14 January, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), has announced.

The ship will be jointly operated by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the Turkish Naval Forces Command (TNFC). It will be used for signal and electronic intelligence missions while also meeting the test and training vessel requirements of the TNFC.

Ufuk was designed by STM, which has overall responsibility for the programme, and built at Istanbul Shipyard under a contract awarded in 2017. It was laid down in 2018 and launched in February 2019.

The overall design is based on the Turkish Navy's Ada (MILGEM)-class corvettes, but features changes to the propulsion system, superstructure, and the removal of armament (it will instead use only small-calibre machine guns for self-protection).

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Nigeria's new LST NNS Kada arrives home

by Kate Tringham

NNS Kada, the Nigerian Navy's new landing ship, pictured before its launch on 7 June 2021 at the Albwardy Damen shipyard in Sharjah. (Nigerian Navy)

The Nigerian Navy's (NN's) new landing ship tank (LST), NNS Kada (LST 1314), arrived at its new home port in Apapa, Lagos on 27 May.

Kada was ordered from Damen Group in 2019 and built at Albwardy Damen shipyard in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was laid down in December 2019, launched in June 2021, and handed over to the NN in Sharjah on 30 March. The vessel departed for Nigeria on 1 April and prior to its arrival in Lagos, made stopovers in five countries: Angola (Luanda), Gabon (Port Gentil), Kenya (Mombasa), Oman (Port of Duqm), and South Africa (Cape Town).

Based on Damen's LST 100 design, the ship will be used for a range of duties including strategic transport of equipment and troops, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and to project maritime security into the Gulf of Guinea.


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Japanese anti-submarine frigate collides with minesweeper off Yokosuka

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The MCMV JS Uraga . The ship sustained damages amidships after a collision with frigate JS Jintsū on 22 May 2022 in waters off Yokosuka. (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)

A Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Abukuma-class anti-submarine guided-missile frigate has collided with the service's lead Uraga-class mine-countermeasures vessel (MCMV) in waters off Yokosuka.

Janes has been informed by a source close to the matter that the collision took place at about 1545 h local time on 22 May while the frigate, JS Jintsū (230), was departing the Yokosuka naval base for a training mission in the Philippine Sea. At the point of collision, Uraga was berthed, and there were no inclement weather conditions, said the source.

Jintsū sustained damages to its bow, while Uraga sustained damages amidship on the starboard side. There have been no reports on casualties on neither Jintsū nor Uraga , but the damage to the former was serious enough to warrant a turnaround with its training mission aborted, the source added.

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FMV contracts for new surface ship torpedo tubes

by Richard Scott

A Tub m/8502 400 mm torpedo launcher fitted inside the weapon deck of the Visby-class corvette HMS Nyköping . The new Tub m/20 torpedo tube will replace the m/8502. (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)

Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab Dynamics to supply new 400 mm diameter torpedo launcher systems for Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) surface combatants.

Announced on 24 May by both Saab and FMV, the approximately SEK150 million (USD15.3 million) order covers the delivery of the new Tub m/20 launch tube previously developed for the Finnish Navy's four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. Deliveries are set to start in 2023.

The Tub m/20 – an evolution of the existing Tub m/8502 tube used on the RSwN's Visby-class and Gävle-class corvettes – will be used to store and launch both the in-service Torpedo 45 and the successor Torpedo 47. While the two tube types have a similar form factor, thus enabling a seamless transition in service, the Tub m/20 incorporates a number of improvements including remote monitoring from the command information centre, and improved accessibility.


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