Naming ceremony of German Navy frigate “Baden-Württemberg”

By Peter Pospiech at December 17, 2013 06:40
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Navy News, Shipyards
The  first  of  a  total  of  four  125  Class  frigates  for  the  German  Navy  has been christened  on Dec. 12, 2013, “Baden-Württemberg”  at  a  naming ceremony  by Gerlinde Kretschmann, wife of the Baden-Württemberg State Premier, at  the  Hamburg  site  of  ThyssenKrupp  Marine  Systems  –  a  company  of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions.  For TKMS this is an important milestone in the construction program for the F125 Class frigates. The delivery of this first frigate is scheduled for November 2016. The order for the four ships is worth around €2 billion in total.   ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems heads the ARGE F125 consortium which was awarded the contract to build a total of four F125 Class ships for the German Navy in 2007. The ARGE F125 consortium also includes the Friedrich  L... [More]

Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4) Completes Acceptance Trials

By Peter Pospiech at September 03, 2013 11:28
Filed Under: Company News, General, Navy News, Shipyards
Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed Acceptance Trials (AT) on August 23, 2013, in the Gulf of Mexico. This milestone achievement involved the execution of intense comprehensive tests by the Navy while underway, which demonstrated the successful operation of the ship’s major systems and equipment. This is the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship, which is expected in September.  The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a fast, agile, focused-mission platform designed for operation in near-shore environments yet capable of open-ocean operation. This vessel is the second of twelve, 127-meter Independence-variant LCS class ships Austal has been contracted to build for the U.S. Navy (including USS Independence (LCS 2), delivered to the Navy in 2009). The final 10 of the 12 were awarded to Austal as prime contractor subsequent to a $3.5 billion block buy in 2010.  Austal’s teaming partner, General Dynamics Advanc... [More]

Successful: Germanys Navy “Oil Hunter”

By Peter Pospiech at July 31, 2013 05:20
Filed Under: Company News, General, Marine Electronics, Navy News, New Technology
Control air crafts of the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven, Germany, keep an eye on oil violator in the North- and Baltic Sea. Since both the air crafts are controlling the main shipping routes of the German Bay and also in the German territory the number of sea polluter are getting less, says Ulrike Windhövel from the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies in Cuxhaven. Also the detected amounts of oil are remarkably smaller than before.In 2012, same like in 2011, around 41 pollutions have been discovered whereof 9 oil violators in each year could be identified. With 59 oil violators in 2004 the most contempt could be detected. Since the beginning of oil detection from the air around 4.116 pollutions could be detected, whereof 565 could be assigned to the causer.The covered area of North- and Baltic Sea is around 115.000 square kilometers. A particular focus is done by the “Oil Hunter” on the water ways, oil rigs and gas fields, fishing grounds a... [More]

German corvette OLDENBURG commissioned - MTU power selected

By Peter Pospiech at April 10, 2013 10:32
Filed Under: Company News, General, Navy News, Shipyards
End of January 2013 one of the latest corvette, the OLDENBURG (F263), has been put into service at the German Navy Base “Hohe Düne” in Rostock-Warnemünde. The ceremony took place in the presence of rear admiral Michael Mollenhauer, officer-in –charge of the navy command in Rostock. The 1. Corvette Squadron includes in total five units. Hereof the ships MAGDEBURG (F261) and the BRAUNSCWEIG (F260) are ready for operation. The BRAUNSCHWEIG is eponym for the whole corvette quintet, which cost in total about 1.2 billions EURO. Further sister ships are the ERFURT (F262) as well as the LUDWIGSHAFEN (F264). The five so far build ships have been completed at the yards of Blohm&Voss, Hamburg, Lürssen, Bremen, and the former shipyard Nordseewerke Emden. With the new class 130- corvettes expands the German Navy significantly their range of applications. They can stay on sea continuously for 21 days. This type of ships makes a world-wide operation within multi-... [More]

First time diving trip of submarine „U35“

By Peter Pospiech at March 25, 2013 13:20
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Navy News, Shipyards
Commissioning is planned after finalization of all deepwater tests beginning of next year. Before sea-trials, the submarine “U35” for the German Navy, with Kiel shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) yard-number 398, has started with its diving tests. The, at HDW build boat had to complete a diving test. Heeling and trimtests have been done by the military boat crew. The 57 m long and around 1.450 to displacement boat has been positioned at a special place at the shipyard. This particular docking place is equipped with a much bigger water depth than the rest of Kiel port. The next tests are planned in the bay of Eckernförde. Commissioning is planned after all relevant tests and sea-trials at the beginning of 2014. To recognize the boat more easily during the extensive sea-trials the periscope has been bright red coloured.  The Kiel based shipyard has, for the time being, four submarine new-builds on order. Besides the two boats “U35”, yard-number ... [More]

Israeli Naval waits for NEPTUN

By Peter Pospiech at March 19, 2013 11:22
Filed Under: Company News, drive systems, General, Navy News, Shipyards
Three units will be built in Kiel – Each submarine costs around 300 Million EURO  Submarines “Made in Germany” are also and thus heavily asked for from foreign countries. Also Israel is an important customer for the German defence technology.  The new build of three submarines for the Israeli Naval runs forward with bounding strides in Kiel. 13 month after the type boat “TANIN” swam on March 11. also the “RAHAV”, the second boat of type “DOLPHIN AIP”, at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, TKMS (former HDW), and made its first short trip in the port of Kiel. “RAHAV” means translated “NEPTUN”. The RAHAV during manufaturing in Kiel TKMS-Shipyard This three at HDW ordered submarines of type “Dolphin AIP” are a further development of the 1998 til 2000 in Kiel and Emden build boats for the Israeli Naval. They now feature 68 meter in length and are increased to 2200 tons. The new boats feature addit... [More]

ROK Navy FFX to use Rolls-Royce MT30s

By Keith Henderson at June 28, 2012 04:32
Filed Under: Company News, Navy insights, Navy News
Rolls-Royce is specified as gas turbine supplier for the Republic of Korea Navy’s new Incheon Class (FFX Batch II) frigate program, marking a first supply of the MT30 to an Asian Navy: The Incheon was built at HHI and is scheduled to be commissioned in summer 2013. Eight ships are planned for the FFX class and will be built at HHI and DSME. A further 18 ships are projected to enter service by 2020 to replace the Po Hang and Dong Hae classes. The frigate of 2,300 displacement has an LOA of 374 ft (114 m). The propulsion system is a two shaft CODAG arrangement with a single MT 30 gas turbine that delivers up to 36MW of power and diesel engines provide for lower power requirements. The maximum speed is 30 kn and cruising speed is 18 kn giving a range of approximately 4,500 nm. [More]

Sea Trials Start Of Indian Navy's Aircraft Carrier

By Keith Henderson at June 19, 2012 07:57
Filed Under: General, Navy News
Sea trials have commenced with the Indian Navy’s new aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (ex-Admiral Goshkov) after a major refurbishment costing $ 2.3 billion at the Sevmash Shipyard, Russia. The ship has a displacement of 45,400 t, an LOA of 928 ft (283 m). Propulsion comprises four GTZA 674 steam turbines delivering 50,000 hp each to four shafts. Speed is 29 kn with a range of 13,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 18 kn. In the White Sea she will undergo a series of sea trials lasting 8 to 10 days, then will enter the Barents Sea for air wing trials with test flights and demonstrations of take off and landing [More]

Six OPVs for Indian coast Guard

By Keith Henderson at May 15, 2012 07:52
Filed Under: Company News, Navy News
The Indian Coast Guard has ordered six Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels from Goa Shipyards Ltd. The contract for the six vessels was signed on 9 May and just six days later the steel cutting ceremony for the first vessel was being celebrated! The steel hulled vessels have a displacement of around 2,300 t, and LOA of 345 ft (105 m). Twin SEMT Pielstick 20PA6B STC diesel engines rated at 7,792 kW at 1,050 rpm and power a CP propeller. Maximum speed is 24 kn and a cruising speed of 12 kn provides a range of 6,600 nm. The ships has a primary duty of patrolling and policing coastal and offshore maritime zones. The vessels can also carry out search and rescue as well as surveillance operations and assist in pollution control and fire fighting duties. [More]

GE Turbines Offer Hybrid Solutions

By Keith Henderson at May 10, 2012 07:36
Filed Under: Company News, Navy News
GE is offering hybrid propulsion systems for military and commercial applications based on its LM series gas turbines using electric motors and drives, to reduce noise and emissions through improved fuel economy. GE has a wide experience of hybrid systems, acting as systems integrator, GE is able to team with other industry suppliers to provide all electric propulsion solutions. A particularly successful combination with gas turbines is the CODAG or CODOG arrangement where diesel engines are employed at low output with the gas turbine(s) only used to produce boost power. As the cost of fuel increases, such solutions are not limited to newbuilds, repowering of existing vessels can also provide tangible financial benefits. In the future wider use of fuel cells can replace diesel engines to provide further reductions in exhaust, noise and vibration emissions. [More]

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