Baynunah Class Corvette

By Keith Henderson at March 08, 2012 03:43
Filed Under: Navy News
Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), UAE, recently launched their third Baynunah Class corvette, hull number four of a fleet of six. The Baynunah program is due for completion for the UAE Navy by 2014. The hull of LOA 234 ft (71.3 m) displaces 915 t and is constructed of steel with an aluminum superstructure. There is an unusual CODAD propulsion system comprising four diesel engines driving three waterjets The four engines are MTU 16V595 TE90 rated at 4.2 MW. Maximum speed with all four engines running is 32+ kn: at the cruising speed of 15 kn the range is 2,400 nm. The Baynunah class corvettes have a design endurance of 14 days. [More]

Commissioning of the Turkish Navy’s Indigenous Corvette

By Keith Henderson at September 27, 2011 06:14
Filed Under: Navy News
Turkey’s first major indigenous warship, the TCG Heybeliada (F-511), is scheduled to be commissioned by the Turkish Navy today. Part of the MILGEM program of twelve ships, it aims to reduce Turkey’s dependence on foreign suppliers while boosting domestic industry. The ships have a displacement of: 2,300 tonnes an LOA of 325 ft (99.00 m), a CODAG propulsion system comprises a single GE LM 2500 gas turbine and two MTU 16V595TE90 diesels powering to two shafts with CPPs. Cruising speed is 15 knots offering a range of 3,500 nautical miles (6,480 km) : the maximum speed is 29+ knots. [More]

First Steel Cutting of German Navy F125 Class Frigate

Guests and representatives from politics, defense and industry gathered at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany for the steel cutting ceremony marking the commencement of production of the new F125 Baden Württemberg Class Frigate for the German Navy. Keel-laying will take place in November 2011 and delivery of the first vessel is planned for 2016. The order for four vessels was placed in 2007 by the Federal (German) Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB), with ARGE 125, an industrial consortium formed by Blohm and Voss Nordseewerke (BVN) and Friedrich Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. The propulsion system provides for the combination of a GE LM2500 gas turbine of 20,000 kW, with two 4,500 kW electric motors in a CODELAG (combined diesel-electric and gas turbine) configuration using Renk gears with a cross-connect gear. Slow and cruising speeds are achieved using the electric motors, for full speed, additional power is supplied by the gas turbine. [More]

Construction Begins in Italy on Fourth FREMM Frigate

By Keith Henderson at April 14, 2011 10:59
Filed Under: Company News, General
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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