OCEA launches first FPB 98 MKI for Ukraine

by Kate Tringham

The first FPB 98 MKI on order for Ukraine is launched at the yard French shipbuilder OCEA in Les Sables d'Olonne on 9 December. (OCEA)

French shipbuilder OCEA launched the first FPB 98 MKI patrol vessel on order for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at its yard in Les Sables d'Olonne on 9 December.

The new vessel, BG201 , is the first of 20 being built under a contract awarded to OCEA by the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior in July 2020. The contract follows an initial government to government agreement between France and Ukraine signed in November 2019 for the 20 FPB 98s. Under the contract terms, five of the boats are to be built locally at Nibulon Shipyard in Mykolaiv.

The first boat is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2022, with all 20 to be handed over by 2024.

The contract includes crew training, ship maintenance, and the provision of technical assistance to Ukraine.

The new vessels will be used for maritime security operations in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

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Polish Navy takes delivery of Kormoman II MCMV Albatros

by Kate Tringham & Jakub Link-Lenczowski

Albatros, the second Kormoran II MCMV overall, and the first serial production unit, was handed over to the Polish Navy on 12 August. (Polish Armaments Agency)

The Polish Navy took delivery of its second Kormoran II (Project 258) mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), ORP Albatros (602), during a ceremony held at Remontowa Shipbuilding on 12 August.

Laid down in December 2018 and launched in October 2019, Albatros is one of six Kormoran II MCMVs on order for the Polish Navy under contracts awarded to a consortium comprising Remontowa Shipbuilding (acting as the prime contractor), Naval Shipyard Gdynia, Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy Centrum Techniki Morskiej (OBR CTM), and the CTO Ship Design and Research Centre.

The first MCMV, ORP Kormoran (601), has been in service since November 2017. The third ship, Mewa (603), was launched in December 2020 and is undergoing sea trials. Under current planning Mewa is scheduled to be delivered in November 2022. All three will be based with the Polish Navy's 8th Coastal Defence Flotilla.

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First Italian PPA departs on maiden deployment

by Guy Toremans & Kate Tringham

The Italian Navy's first PPA, ITS Paolo Thaon di Revel , has embarked on its maiden deployment. During the four-month mission the PPA will participate in international exercises in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean. (Italian Navy)

The first of the Italian Navy's new class of multirole offshore patrol ships (Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura: PPA), ITS Paolo Thaon di Revel (P 430), has set sail for its maiden deployment.

Paolo Thaon di Revel , the newest addition to the Italian Navy's fleet, departed from La Spezia on 12 August under the command of Commander Emanuele Morea, an Italian Navy official confirmed to Janes .

The four-month deployment will extend through the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and on to the Indian Ocean, the official said.

After crossing the Suez Canal, Paolo Thaon di Revel

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Carrier Washington redelivery confirmed for 2023

by Michael Fabey

Aircraft carrier USS George Washington is scheduled to be redelivered to the US Navy following the ship's overhaul in 2023. (Newport News Shipbuilding)

Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) is scheduled to return to the navy following its refuelling and complex overhaul (RCOH) in 2023, shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) CEO Chris Kastner confirmed.

“USS George Washington continues to make progress on the testing phase, and redelivery is now expected in the first quarter of 2023,” Kastner said on 4 August during a quarterly earnings call with investment analysts.

Started nearly five years ago at HII's Newport News Shipbuilding, the carriers' RCOH was initially schduled for an August 2021 redelivery.

Regarding other carrier RCOH programmes, Kastner told analysts, “CVN 74, USS John C Stennis, continues to make progress, and pre-advanced planning is under way on CVN 75, USS Harry S Truman ”.

Citing new carrier-construction programmes, Kastner said, “On CVN 79 [ John F ] Kennedy

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