Third Skjold-class FPB Delivered to Norway

By Keith Henderson at July 12, 2011 08:44
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At the end of June, the Royal Norwegian Navy received delivery of their third Skjold Class FPB vessel. The program is being supplied by a consortium of three contractors: the Norwegian companies Umoe Mandal and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and DCNS, France as the combat system design authority. The vessel is a Surface Effect Ship (SES), of fiberglass/ composite construction built in Norway by Umoe Mandal. The propulsion arrangement is COGAG with a father/son turbine arrangement of Pratt & Whitney ST40M of 2,982 kW (4,000 hp) and ST18M of 1,393 kW (1.894 hp) gas turbines Two diesels are available for slow steaming. The performance is record breaking with a top speed in excess of 60 kn. [More]

Construction Begins in Italy on Fourth FREMM Frigate

By Keith Henderson at April 14, 2011 10:59
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Construction of the fourth FREMM European multimission frigate has begun at Fincantieri's shipyard in Riva Trigoso, Sestri Levante, Italy. The Italian Navy plan ten ships built by Fincantieri: the French Navy plan to take a total of eleven ships, to be built by DCNS at Brest and at Toulon. The Moroccan Navy has ordered one frigate from DCNS for delivery in 2013 and the Greek Navy has expressed interest for four FREMMs with an option for two more. The ship length is 113 m, beam 19 m and displacement 5,600 tonnes and uses a CODLAG propulsion arrangement. Under diesel electric power the maximum speed is 15 kn and when combined with the gas turbine 28 kn. [More]

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