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29 Dec 15. Bangladesh Coast Guard orders more harbour patrol boats. Key Points:
• The Bangladesh Coast Guard has placed an order for two more harbour patrol boats
• Besides small craft, the service is also acquiring larger platforms from a variety of sources
Having delivered two harbour patrol boats to the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) in March 2015, the Bangladesh Navy-owned Dockyard and Engineering Works Limited in Narayanganj (DEWN), has commenced construction of another pair of harbour patrol boats (HPBs) for the service. The keel laying ceremony for these boats took place on 14 December 2015.
These HPBs, which are built from marine-grade aluminium alloy to Bureau Veritas classification rules, have a length of 18 m, a beam of 5.51 m, a draft of 1.4 m, and displace 25 tonnes.
29 Dec 15. Russian Navy receives armament support ship. The Project 20181 armament support ship Academician Kovalyov has joined Russia’s Northern Fleet, the fleet commander told IHS Jane’s on 25 December.
Academician Kovalyov and other similar vessels – which are designed to load, unload, and transport weapons – will enhance the Russian Navy’s operational capabilities considerably, Northern Fleet Commander Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said while signing the ship’s acceptance report.
“Its operational capabilities are really impressive, in particular improved navigability, the carrying capacity for organic weapons, its multi-functionality and increased comfort,” the commander said.
However, the main feature of the new vessel is that it “will enhance the operational potential of virtually all the fleets, including in distant ocean areas,” Adm Korolyov said.
The ship’s reinforced ice-class hull will simplify logistics across virtually all of Russia’s Arctic territories, he added.
Academician Kovalyov was floated out in the summer of 2014, with outfitting conducted afloat. The ship has a full displacement of about 6,000 tons, a length of 107.6 m, and a maximum speed of 14 kt. It has three cranes and can carry a Kamov Ka-27 (‘Helix’)-type helicopter.
The Zyyozdochka shipyard signed a contract with the Russian Defence Ministry for the construction of the vessel in September 2011.
The Project 20181 armament support ship design was developed on the basis of the Project 20180 rescue tugboat Zvyozdochka , built by the Severodvinsk-based shipyard and delivered to the Russian Navy in 2010. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/IHS Jane’s)
28 Dec 15. Myanmar commissions second frigate with reduced RCS, hospital ship. Key Points:
• Myanmar’s navy has commissioned new vessels including a second stealthy guided-missile frigate
• The frigate is fitted with two quad box launchers for Chinese C-802 anti-ship missiles
The Myanmar Navy commissioned several new vessels including UMS Sin Phyu Shin(F 14), its second guided-missile frigate with low observable radar characteristics, on 24 December 2015 – the service’s 68th anniversary.
The commissioning ceremony was attended by the commander-in-chief of the country’s defence services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who also inspected ongoing offshore patrol vessel (OPV) and corvette projects as well as infrastructure projects at the Naval Dockyard in Thanlyin, according to a release from the senior general’s office.
The release also sheds new information on Myanmar’s little-known frigate programme that commenced in 2005. The ships, Aung Zeya (F 11) and Kyan-Sit-Thar (F 12), were commissioned in 2010 and 2014, respectively, while construction ofSin Phyu Shin commenced in 2010.
Unlike first-of-class Aung Zeya, the second and third ships feature a stealthy superstructure with two masts