UK MoD flags surplus ships for sale

by Richard Scott

Three RFA vessels are among the Royal Navy ships being advertised for sale, including ex-RFA Fort Austin (pictured), which is now laid up in Birkenhead with sister ship ex-RFA Fort Rosalie. (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)

Frigates, mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels, fast craft, hovercraft, and auxiliary ships are among equipment being offered for sale by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

A sales brochure released by the MoD's Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) earlier this month revealed details of over 10 Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels being offered for onward sale and potential further service. DESA is the organisation within the MoD responsible for managing the sale and transfer of surplus British Armed Forces military equipment.

Among the ships being offered for sale are RN Sandown-class minehunters, which will be phased out of service by the end of 2025 as a new generation of autonomous MCM systems begin to enter service. Ex-HMS Blyth and ex-HMS Ramsey, decommissioned at Rosyth in August 2021, are already earmarked for transfer to the Ukrainian Navy, following refits by Babcock.

A further five vessels – HMS Penzance , HMS Pembroke , HMS Grimsby

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Lockheed Martin, US Navy seek to develop operational concepts for ship-board laser

by Michael Fabey

HELIOS is being installed on the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble . (Lockheed Martin)

As the US Navy (USN) and Lockheed Martin work through the installation of the company's High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) on guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88), the service and the company are also working on integration and developing concepts of operations (CONOPS) for the new weapon system.

“What does integration mean,” Tyler Griffin, director of Lockheed Martin advanced product solutions strategy and business development, asked on 29 June during a roundtable update of the company's laser programmes.

“It's a question we are working on with the navy on how to efficiently train and develop CONOPS,” Griffin said.

The company and navy are working on how to optimise the new system, which is integrated with the Aegis Combat System, and works with other systems aboard the ship, he said. “That's the area we see us moving [towards] next.”

He spoke about where HELIOS could be developed, especially in the future. “The reason for those discussions is that this [HELIOS] is now the first [navy] tactically integrated laser weapon system,” he said.

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Vestdavit receives contract to supply telescopic davits for Royal Danish Navy frigates

by Kate Tringham

Vestdavit will deliver eight TDBS 8000 systems to equip four Royal Danish Navy frigates. (Vestdavit )

Norwegian manufacturer Vestdavit has developed a new telescopic davit system that will be retrofitted onboard four of the Royal Danish Navy's (RDN's) Absalon- and Iver-Huitfeldt-class frigates.

Under a contract announced on 27 June, Vestdavit will supply eight of its TDBS 8000 advanced telescopic systems – two for each ship.

The TDBS 8000 system is designed to launch and recover multiple sizes of fast rescue craft and future boat types in harsh weather conditions up to Sea State 6.

It features a telescopic arm that can extend to 7 m and handle boats up to eight tonnes. The system is mounted on a slewing foundation that can swivel outwards from a longitudinal position in a confined space on the side of the vessel hull.

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Turkish LPD Anadolu starts sea acceptance tests

by Cem Devrim Yaylali

Anadolu is pictured being towed out of Sedef Shipyard for the first time on 27 February. The LPD has started SATs and is on track to be commissioned in December. (Cem Devrim Yaylali)

The Turkish Navy's landing platform dock (LPD) Anadolu has started its official sea acceptance tests (SATs), İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), announced on his official Twitter account on 25 June.

Following the completion of its SATs, the future flagship of the Turkish Navy and the largest ship to be operated by the service is scheduled for commissioning in December 2022.

Anadolu was built by Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, in partnership with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia, under a contract signed in 2015. It is based on Navantia's Juan Carlos I-class design.

Construction began in 2016 and under the original contract terms, Anadolu was set to be delivered in 2020. However, the final stages of the programme have been delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and consideration to convert the ship to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrier.


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