Ukraine conflict: Russian landing ship reportedly destroyed in Berdyansk explosion
24 March 2022
by Kate Tringham & Manash Pratim Boruah
The Russian Black Sea Fleet's Alligator-class large landing ship
. The Ukrainian Navy claims to have destroyed the ship while it was near the port of Russian-occupied Berdyanskof on 24 March, although this remains to be confirmed.
(Cem Devrim Yaylali)
The Ukrainian Navy claims that it has destroyed one of Russia's large landing ships near the port city of Berdyansk in the Sea of Azov.
In a 24 March post on its official Facebook social media page, the Ukrainian Navy said it had destroyed the Black Sea Fleet's Alligator (Project 1171)-class landing ship tank (LST) Orsk (148). The post was accompanied by a video and photos of the port of Berdyansk engulfed in smoke and flames. Berdyansk has been under Russian control since 27 February.
The identity of the ship has yet to be independently verified; however, subsequent images posted on social media show what appears to be an Alligator-class LST near the fire and two Ropucha (Project 775)-class landing ships sailing away from the blaze.
The incident comes days after a propaganda video of Orsk
Finnish Border Guard orders two OPVs from Meyer Turku
06 July 2022
by John Pagni
The new vessels will be an improved version of the OPV
which entered service in 2014.
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.
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
Australia to assess potential defects of Guardian-class patrol boats
01 July 2022
by Julian Kerr
Australia's DoD said it will assess potential defects of Guardian-class patrol vessels donated to Pacific Island countries.
(pictured above) is the first of four vessels for Papua New Guinea.
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
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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