UK, Denmark agree to collaborate on Type 31 frigate introduction to service

by Kate Tringham

The Type 31s – replacing five general duty Type 23 frigates – are based on the Royal Danish Navy's proven Iver Huitfeldt class. (Royal Navy)

The British and Danish navies have signed a co-operative agreement to work together to bring the UK Royal Navy's (RN) Type 31 Inspiration-class frigates into service.

The RN has ordered five Type 31 frigates under a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.58 billion) contract awarded to UK shipbuilder Babcock in November 2019. The Type 31 is based on the Arrowhead 140 design, which is an evolution of the Iver Huitfeldt-class platform already in service with the Royal Danish Navy (RDN).

The RDN has more than a decade of experience operating its three Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates, which were built by Danish shipyard Odense Steel Shipyard and delivered between 2012–14. Under the Type 31 implementing Agreement, which was signed by the two countries' navies at the recent Chiefs of European Navies Seminar in Romania, the RDN will make the lessons learned from the ship class available to the RN.


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Finnish Border Guard orders two OPVs from Meyer Turku

by John Pagni

The new vessels will be an improved version of the OPV Turva, which entered service in 2014. (Janes/John Pagni)

The Finnish Border Guard (FBG) has awarded a contract to Meyer Turku for two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The new vessels will be an improved variant of the OPV Turva, which was commissioned into FBG service in 2014 as the world's first LNG coastguard ship.

Under the terms of the contract, signed on 29 June, the first new OPV is expected to be completed in 2025, and the second boat in 2026. They are intended to replace three older OPVs: Merikarhu, Tursas, and Uisko, and will have an expected service life that extends into the 2050s.

Based on Turva's specifications, the two new OPVs are expected to be 96 m long with a 5 m draft and a top speed of 18 kt to navigate Finland's 4,600 km irregular coastline that is dotted with islands, islets, and skerries.

In winter, Turva


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Russian Project 885M submarine Krasnoyarsk starts sea trials

by Tony Roper

Imagery of Severodvinsk harbour in the Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia, dated 24 June, shows the Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class SSGN Krasnoyarsk (centre) being prepared to commence sea trials on 26 June. Krasnoyarsk is flanked by the Project 885M submarine Novosibirsk (right) and the Project 955A Dolgorukiy (Borey)-class SSBN Generalissimus Suvorov (left). (©CNES 2002, Distribution AIRBUSDS/SkyWatch Space Applications Inc/Tony Roper)

The Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine (SSGN) Krasnoyarsk (K 571) has departed Severodvinsk for its first set of sea trials in the White Sea.

Photographs on social media showing Krasnoyarsk leaving the harbour area confirms the submarine's departure on 26 June.

Krasnoyarsk is the fourth Project 885 (and the third 885M) submarine under construction at Sevmash Shipyard and is predicted to join the Pacific Fleet, joining the SSGN fleet comprised of mostly Project 949A Oscar II-class boats.

Krasnoyarsk had been captured on satellite imagery the week prior to heading out to sea being degaussed in the harbour area. Other imagery shows the submarine undergoing final preparations alongside another Project 885M – likely to be Novosibirsk


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Australia to assess potential defects of Guardian-class patrol boats

by Julian Kerr

Australia's DoD said it will assess potential defects of Guardian-class patrol vessels donated to Pacific Island countries. Ted Diro (pictured above) is the first of four vessels for Papua New Guinea. (Austal)

Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) and shipbuilder Austal are flying specialists to several Pacific Island countries to assess possible technical defects of Guardian-class patrol boats designed, built, and donated by Canberra, the DoD disclosed on 1 July.

The DoD said in a statement that the primary issue involved a potential fault in the vessels' exhaust systems. It said other issues that had emerged during the past 16 months included cracking in the coupling between the engine and the gearbox, and sickbay ventilation.

“Austal and [DoD] representatives will soon travel to Pacific Island nations to assess all vessels and work with Pacific Island countries on temporary rectification measures ahead of a longer-term solution,” the DoD statement said. Each country would make its own decision whether to operate its vessels or pause operations, it added.


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