UAE commissions first Gowind corvette

by Jeremy Binnie

A still from media coverage of the commissioning of Bani Yas , the first of the UAE's two Gowind corvettes, on 29 November 2023. (WAM news agency)

The first of the two Gowind corvettes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered from France's Naval Group was commissioned into service on 29 November, the UAE Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced.

Bani Yas (P110) was commissioned by Vice-President Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan at the Mina Zayed naval base in Abu Dhabi just under two years after it was launched at Naval Group's yard in Lorient.

Naval Group announced earlier in November that the corvette left Lorient on 23 October having been handed over to the UAE Navy two days earlier. It added that the UAE's second Gowind, Al Emarat , would soon begin sea trials.

The video released by the MoD also showed that the UAE Navy has commissioned a third 71 m landing ship called Al Dannah , further augmenting its already impressive sealift capability. Satellite imagery shows the landing ship was launched at the Al-Fattan yard in Abu Dhabi in March 2022.


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Thales completes factory acceptance tests for Type 31 frigate mission system

by Kate Tringham

Images released by Babcock in February 2024 showing progress being made on the hullform and superstructure of the future HMS Venturer at its facilities in Rosyth, Scotland. (Babcock International)

Thales has successfully completed factory acceptance tests (FATs) for the first Type 31 mission system, the company announced on 28 February.

UK shipbuilder Babcock, leading the ‘Team 31' consortium, is delivering five Type 31 Inspiration-class general-purpose frigates based on the Arrowhead 140 design for the Royal Navy (RN) under a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.59 billion) contract awarded in November 2019.

Thales, as part of Team 31, is responsible for the delivery and integration of the full Type 31 mission system, which comprises the combat system, integrated communications system (ICS), and integrated bridge and navigation system (IBNS).

Thales said that completing delivery of the three main system-level FATs was a major target for the RN's new Type 31 frigate during 2023.

The FAT for the ICS, which is being delivered by Thales SIX in Crawley, in the UK, was completed in September 2023.


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Indonesia begins contract negotiations for two Scorpene Evolved submarines

by Ridzwan Rahmat

An Indian Navy Scorpene submarine. Indonesia has begun negotiations to procure the Scorpene Evolved variant of the boat, which will be equipped with lithium ion batteries. (Naval Group)

Representatives from French shipbuilder Naval Group have arrived in Jakarta to begin contract negotiations for two lithium ion batteries-equipped Scorpene Evolved diesel-electric submarines (SSKs).

Separate sources have confirmed to Janes that negotiations for the possible contract began at the Indonesian Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) office on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat on 26 February. A major point of the discussions included how the programme would be financed should a contract materialise.

As part of its offer, Naval Group has partnered with the French government's Directorate General of the Treasury to fully fund the programme via three sources of loans, Janes has been informed.

These include a credit facility with France's Banque publique d'investissement and a direct loan from the Directorate General of the Treasury, which would fund up to 85% of Naval Group's portion of the contract.


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German frigate successfully intercepts Houthi attack UAVs in Red Sea

by Kate Tringham & Alex Pape

Hessen is pictured departing Wilhelmshaven naval base on 8 February to join the EU's new maritime security mission to protect commercial shipping in the Red Sea. (Bundeswehr/Julia Kelm)

The German Navy's Type 124 Sachsen-class air-defence frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) successfully repelled two one-way attack unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Red Sea launched by Yemen-based Ansar Allah (commonly known as the Houthis) militants on 27 February.

Briefing media at a German government press conference on 28 February, German Federal Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson Michael Stempfle confirmed that the UAVs were launched in two separate attacks on the evening of 27 February.

The first UAV was detected by Hessen at 2000 h local time and was successfully intercepted shortly after using the ship's onboard 76 mm gun. The second UAV was detected 20 minutes later and was successfully engaged using the ship's RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) short-range defence system, he said.

“They were detected by the radar system and were at different distances,” he said. “That's why there were two different weapons that were used.”


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