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30 Nov 16. Lithuanian Navy to take delivery of new P15 patrol ship from Denmark. The Lithuanian Navy is set to take delivery of a new Flyvefisken-class patrol ship, P15, from Denmark. In September 2016, the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) signed an agreement, under which Lithuania purchased the P15 vessel and two anti-submarine detection sonar systems for patrol ships for €6.5m. The P15 patrol boat will be christened in January 2017.
Lithuanian Navy captain commander said: “Our newly purchased patrol ship from Denmark is our effort to maintain the capacity of the Patrol Ships Division of the Lithuanian Navy.
“From now on it will be comprised of four up-to-date multirole ships of the same type which will ensure the tasks, i.e. patrolling Lithuania’s territorial Baltic Sea, search-and-rescue, and others, are completed efficiently for a long time to come.”
The P15 patrol boat will represent the fourth Flyvefisken-class or Standart Flex 300 type multirole ship in the Patrol Ships Division of the Lithuanian Naval Flotilla. The first three ships of the division, Žemaitis (P11), Dzukas (P12) and Aukštaitis (P14) entered service with the Lithuanian Navy in 2008-2010.
Built by Danyard A/S Olborge, the 54m-long patrol boats have a displacement capacity of 450t, are propelled by two MTU diesel engines with three auxiliary engines, and can operate at a speed of 18k.
The patrol boats will be deployed for surveillance in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Lithuania and will be tasked to block trespassers, convoy, search-and-rescue operations and other missions. (Source: naval-technology.com)
29 Nov 16. South Korea launches 10,000-ton combat support ship. South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) launched on 29 November the first 10,000-ton combat support ship on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) at the company’s Ulsan dockyard, HHI said in a press release.
The vessel, which has been named Soyang, is to become the largest support ship in the RoKN after it completes sea trials.
According to specifications provided by HHI, the 190 m-long vessel has a beam of 25 m, a top speed of 23 kt, and is able to carry up to 10,000 tons of oil and 1,000 tons of food and ammunition.
Soyang is fitted with a flight deck to accommodate helicopters, a 25-ton crane, and defensive weapon systems, including chaff dispensers.
HHI said that, compared with previous ships, the new vessel has “greatly improved” cargo loading capability and manoeuvrability.
Soyang will be able to simultaneously supply several ships and play a big role in increasing the [RoKN’s] operational capabilities, said the company. The new vessel will be formally delivered to the RoKN next year and be operational in the first half of 2018, Yonhap news agency reported. Once Soyang is in service, the RoKN will have four large auxiliary support vessels. Soyang will also be the second-largest ship in the RoKN after the 14,500-ton Dokdo-class helicopter carrier, Yonhap added. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
25 Nov 16. Mexican Navy commissions two new vessels. The Mexican Navy commissioned an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) and a logistics support ship during a ceremony attended by President Enrique Peña Nieto on 23 November. The Mexican Secretariat of Navy (SEMAR) said the OPV is ARM Chiapas (PO 165) and the logistics ship is ARM Isla Maria Madre (BAL 11). Constructed at the Naval Shipyard (ASTIMAR) N°20 in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, Chiapasis the first of four OPVs that were ordered as part of the SEMAR 2013-2018 plan. The second, ARM Hidalgo (PO 16