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03 May 17. Australian Navy officially names first Cape-class patrol boat. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has officially named its first Cape-class patrol boat at a ceremony at the HMAS Stirling naval base in Western Australia. The 58m-long vessel has been named Australian defence vessel (ADV) Cape Fourcroy, and is the first of two Cape-class patrol boats to be delivered to the RAN under an A$63m ($47.4m) contract signed in December 2015. ADV Cape Fourcroy is named after the western most tip of Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory, and was designed and developed by shipbuilding company Austal. The boat was delivered from Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia last month.
Austal Design head Gordon Blaauw said: “Austal is delighted to deliver Cape Fourcroy, the first of two Cape-class patrol boats for the RAN, and we look forward to completing this current contract with the on-time, on-budget delivery of Cape Inscription later this month.”
Austal’s ninth Cape-class patrol boat Fourcroy has been specifically designed to meet the unique border protection and maritime security requirements of the Australian Border Force and the RAN.
“Austal is delighted to deliver Cape Fourcroy, the first of two Cape-class patrol boats for the RAN, and we look forward to completing this current contract.”
Blaauw added: “We’re exceptionally proud of the proven Cape-class platform, which has set a new benchmark in patrol boat design and operability.
“These Austal designed and built vessels are helping secure and protect Australia’s extensive maritime borders, with eight operated by the Australian Border Force and two to be operated by the RAN.”
The Australian vessel operates at a top speed of 26k and can accommodate 22 crew members, with a range of up to 4,000nm.
It is capable of operating 28-day patrols in sea state 4 with the ability to launch two boats at the same time. (Source: naval-technology.com)
28 Apr 17. HHIC lays keel for South Korea’s second helicopter carrier. South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has begun assembly work on the second Dokdo-class landing platform helicopter (LPH) on order for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement on 28 April. A keel-laying ceremony for the 200 m-long vessel, which is set to be delivered to the RoKN in 2020, was held at HHIC’s facilities in Busan. Construction work began in 2016, with a steel-cutting ceremony held in November. According to the statement, the helicopter carrier will feature improvements and upgrades based on the experiences gained by the RoKN through operating first-of-class RoKS Dokdo (6111). (Source: IHS Jane’s)
28 Apr 17. Indonesia to receive three new 120m LSTs by 2018Indonesian shipbuilder PT Daya Radar Utama has received a contract to construct three 120 m landing ship tank (LST) platforms for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), an official from the company confirmed with Jane’s on 27 April. The vessels, which will be used to transport vehicles such as the Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) operated by the Indonesian Army, is currently estimated for delivery by the end of 2018, said Frans Tedjakusuma, a business development manager at the shipyard. A steel-cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction on all three vessels was held on 21 April at the company’s facilities in Banten, Sumatra. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
02 May 17. Ka-52K helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) completed the first phase of testing in marine conditions. The machines are curre