Update: Piriou completes OPV 58 S programme for Senegal

by Kate Tringham

Cayor , the third and final OPV 58S, was formally handed over to Senegal during a ceremony in Concarneau on 16 April. (Senegalese Navy)

French shipbuilder Piriou has delivered the final missile-armed Walo (OPV 58 S)-class offshore patrol ship to Senegal, completing the three-ship programme.

The last vessel in the class, named Cayor, was formally handed over during a ceremony held in Concarneau, France, on 16 April, the shipbuilder confirmed the same day.

According to Piriou, the shipbuilding programme was completed on time and “mobilised hundreds of employees for four years and represented more than 600,000 hours of work”.

Piriou built and delivered the three OPV 58 S ships under a contract signed with the Ministry of the Armed Forces of Senegal in November 2019. The construction programme was carried out with the support of Kership, the joint venture founded by Piriou and Naval Group in 2013.

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Taiwan puts forces on high alert as China begins second day of Exercise ‘Joint Sword-2024A'

by Ridzwan Rahmat & Akhil Kadidal

An outdoor screen shows a news coverage of China's military drills around Taiwan, Beijing, on 23 May 2024. On 23 May China launched ‘Joint Sword-2024A' exercises, surrounding Taiwan with warplanes and navy ships and vowing ‘stern punishment' to separatist forces on the island. (Jade Gao/AFP via Getty Images)

Taiwan has mobilised its aerial, naval, and land-based military assets as China's joint drills around the island enters its second day.

These assets include an “emergency deployment” of a Tuo Chiang-class corvette dubbed in-country as the “carrier killer” and a Chin Chiang-class large patrol craft.

Taiwan's state-affiliated Military News Agency has identified these ships as the fourth Tuo Chiang-class corvette, ROCS Xu Chiang , and the second Chin Chiang-class patrol vessel, ROCS Ching Chiang .

On 23 May the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that just one People's Liberation Army (PLA) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) appeared in Taiwan's air-defence identification zone (ADIZ), with the aircraft flying over the Bashi Channel between 0727 and 1029 h local time. The UAV approached to within 45 miles of Cape Eluanbi on Taiwan's south coast before operating over the Philippine Sea.

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Saab Kockums composite superstructures offer reduced weight as navies integrate more equipment

by Jeremiah Cushman

Saab Kockums builds the composite superstructure for Singapore's Independence-class littoral mission vessel. Above, the superstructure for the fifth ship in the class is being prepared for transport to Singapore. (Glenn Pettersson)

Saab Kockums offers composite products to provide navies options for surface warships. These include composite superstructures and the new Saab Lightweight Integrated Mast (SLIM), which is being procured by Finland for its Pohjanmaa-class corvettes, Magnus Dannemyr, Saab Kockums product manager for composites, told reporters at the Saab Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona in southern Sweden on 14 May.

Saab has decades of experience working with composites, starting with an all-composite sailboat in 1965, Dannemyr said. In 1974 the company produced its first composite warship, a mine countermeasure vessel constructed of glass-fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP). In the mid-1990s the shipyard began construction on the Royal Swedish Navy's Visby-class corvettes, which have an all-composite carbon-fibre hull.

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Thailand announces USD77.6 million upgrade for Pattani-class OPVs

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The Royal Thai Navy's lead Pattani-class OPV, HTMS Pattani , seen here during an exercise in the South China Sea. (US Navy)

Thailand has announced plans to carry out a major upgrade programme for its two Pattani-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

An announcement on this was released by the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) via its official website on 17 May under a section on procurement plans.

While the service has not given specific details of what the upgrade programme would entail, the work across the two vessels would cost THB2.83 billion (USD77.6 million), according to the announcement.

The RTN's two Pattani-class OPVs, HTMS Pattani and HTMS Narathiwat , were commissioned in December 2005 and April 2006 respectively.

Pattani was laid down in 2003 by China's Hudong Shipyard in Shanghai while Narathiwat was laid down by the same shipbuilder in 2004.

The class displaces about 1,400 tonnes at full load and has an overall length of about 95.5 m with an overall beam of 11.6 m.

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