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20 Dec 16. Founding ceremony of DCNS Australia’s Adelaide Future Submarine Facility. DCNS Australia today celebrated the founding of their Australian headquarters in Keswick, Adelaide, which will be dedicated to delivering the Future Submarine Program.
The ceremony was attended by the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Defence and a number of parliamentarians and defence sector figures.
“This is an important initial milestone in DCNS’ decades long commitment to the design and construction of 12 regionally superior submarines in Adelaide,” said Herve Guillou, Chairman and Global CEO of DCNS Group.
“This facility, and our local Adelaide workforce starting with 50 people in 2017, marks the beginning of our relationship as part of the community,” said Mr Guillou.
The facility will become operational in early 2017 to support DCNS’ activities around Australia, including the transfer of technology from France to Australia, the development of the Australian supply chain and the design of a new shipyard in Adelaide.
“We are planning from the beginning to maximize the participation of Australian business in this $50bn project,” said Sean Costello, CEO, DCNS Australia.
“Australian industry participation is not just good for local business and the community, but critical for the transfer of knowledge and the creation of Australian sovereignty for the operation and sustainment of the submarines,” said Mr Costello.
The DCNS Australia Adelaide Future Submarine Facility is located at 1 Richmond Road, Keswick.
20 Dec 16. India launches second 105m OPV for Sri Lankan Navy. India’s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has launched a 105m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN). The vessel, with pennant number P624, is the second of two OPVs signed under an April 2013 contract. The platform took to the water on 15 December at GSL’s facilities in Vasco da Gama, on the west coast of India. The programme’s first-of-class (P623) was launched by the same company in June 2016.
The OPV, which features a full-load displacement of 2,350 tonnes, is based on a design similar to the Sankalp-class patrol ships operated by the Indian Coast Guard. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Dec 16. GRSE launches Indian Navy’s final Mk IV LCU. India’s Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), has launched the last of eight 62.8m landing craft utility (LCU) Mk IV vessel on order for the Indian Navy. The vessel, which was launched on 16 December at GRSE’s facilities in Kolkata, is part of an INR21bn (USD309m) signed in September 2011. The programme’s lead vessel was delivered in September 2016. According to IHS Jane’s Fighting Ships, the Mk IV LCU features a standard displacement of 830 tonnes, an overall beam of 11 m, and a hull draught of 2.2m. The landing craft is powered by two MTU 1,840 kW marine diesel engines with a twin fixed-pitch propeller propulsion system, and can attain a maximum speed of 15 kt. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
20 Dec 16. China launches another Jiangdao-class corvette, says report. China’s 41st Jiangdao-class (Type 056) corvette was launched in early December at the country’s Liao Nan Shipyard in Dalian, according to Chinese media reports. The ship will be named Zhangye after the city in China’s central Gansu Province, the Zhangye Daily newspaper reported on 14 December. Zhangye is the ninth 1,500-tonne Jiangdao-class corvette to be constructed by this shipyard and the fourth to be launched there this year. On 12 December the 28th and 29th of the class were comm