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US Coast Guard's Top Priority: Offshore Patrol Cutter

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

 The U.S. Coast Guard’s “number one priority is the offshore patrol cutter,” the service’s commandant told the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Thursday, reports U.S. Naval Institute.    The service will be looking again at its force-mix analysis, taking into account the money appropriated for a ninth national security cutter for this fiscal year, Adm. Paul Zukunft said.    He said he had “the utmost confidence” the Coast Guard will down-select to one shipbuilder this year for the offshore patrol cutter.   The budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 includes $100 million for long-lead procurement for the offshore patrol cutter program.   A service fact sheet said the 25 offshore patrol cutters and 58 fast response cutters will replace 90 cutters now in the fleet.   Zukunft said that the Coast Guard is in “very emotional discussions” with the shipbuilder over the contracts for the last of the fast response cutters.    “We need to come to closure on this” in the next few months to clear the way for the construction of the offshore patrol cutters. He warned earlier in the hearing any delay in the offshore patrol cutter could affect the Coast Guard’s ability to carry out future missions.


Thai Offshore Patrol Boat Launched

 HTMS Krabi

A BAE Systems designed Offshore Patrol Vessel being built by the Royal Thai Navy has been launched at a ceremony at the Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard.    The launch of HTMS Krabi on Friday (2 December) was conducted by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and comes just 15 months after the vessel’s keel laying ceremony in August 2010.      Under a technology transfer agreement, signed in June 2009


BIW Joins USCG Cutter Contract Contending Trio

Official photo of Senator Susan Collins

U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have announced that Bath Iron Works (BIW) has been awarded a preliminary design contract for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) worth more than $21 million. BIW is now one of three shipyards in contention for the final contract. “With its skilled workforce and an outstanding record of designing, building


OSI Navigation System for Canadian Navy

OSI Maritime Systems Ltd. (OSI) announced today that it has been selected by Lockheed Martin Canada to support the design activity of the bridge and navigation capabilities for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Lockheed Martin Canada is one of AOPS Prime Contractor Irving Shipbuilding’s Tier 1 suppliers for the AOPS project under the Canadian government’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)


Nigerian Navy Acquires Warship from China

 Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA. Picture by Nigerian Navy

 The Nigerian Navy (NN) fleet has received a boost with the arrival of the newly acquired warship, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Centenary F91, stealth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV).  The first of two P-18N Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) ordered by Nigeria was delivered in November 2014 at the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC)'s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China.   This is coming barely a month after the Navy received another war ship, the NNS OKPABANA


U.S. Coast Guard Awards ESG with Phase II OPC Contract

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The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., of Panama City, Florida, Thursday for the production of the lead Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and up to eight follow-on cutters. The total award was valued at $110.29 million. The contract has a potential value of $2.38 billion with options to produce nine cutters. The OPC acquisition will replace the service’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters, some that are in excess of 50 years old


N-DSQ to Construct Qatar Naval Patrol Boats

Nakilat – Damen Shipyards Qatar (N-DSQ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) for the construction and delivery of six Naval Patrol Boats at Nakilat’s shipbuilding facilities in the Port of Ras Laffan, Qatar. The military vessels will be used by the QENF to support its existing operations in the monitoring and surveillance of Qatar’s Economic Exclusive Zone, for coastal and offshore patrolling


Servowatch Supplies Advanced IPMS to Thai Navy

Servowatch Systems Limited, UK-based marine automation systems engineering company, announced success in securing the contract to deliver an Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for a planned series of Offshore Patrol Vessels to be delivered to the Royal Thai Navy by The Bangkok Dock Co. (1957) Ltd. The IPMS shall include ship alarm, monitoring, power management, propulsion control, battle damage control functions and navigation systems integration


Canada Patrol Boat Construction Project Pushes Forward

The Hon. Diane Finley: Photo credit Irving Shipbuilding

The Canadian Government has released funds with a potential value of $53.5 million to Irving Shipbuilding to pay for tasks connected with the construction of the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). •             The definition contract is a task-based contract divided into seven work packages (or tasks) that will enable Irving Shipbuilding Inc


Finnish Border Guard Gets LNG-powered OPV

Rauma Shipyard

On Friday May 9, 2014, STX Finland Oy’s Rauma Shipyard handed over a next-generation offshore patrol vessel to the Finnish Border Guard. The vessel was christened Turva by her godmother, Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen, in the christening and float-out ceremony held on August 2, 2013. The technically advanced and highly versatile 96 meters long and 17 meters wide offshore patrol vessel will be used for frontier supervision, maritime search and rescue (SAR)


Austal Opens Adelaide Office

L-R: Thomas Sass (Fassmer), Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith - Minister for Defense Industry (SA), David Ridgeway MLC - Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Vickie Chapman - Deputy Leader of the Opposition, David Singleton (Austal), Senator David Fawcett and Senator Alex Gallagher (Photo: Austal)

 Austal Australia has opened its Adelaide office, which will support the design and production for the $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program.   Officially welcoming Austal’s expansion into Adelaide were Martin Hamilton-Smith, Minister for Defense Industry (SA)


Spence Takes over as Noise Control Engineering President

Jesse Spence (Photo: Noise Control Engineering)

Glosten subsidiary Noise Control Engineering, LLC (NCE), a Massachusetts-based acoustical and structural engineering consultancy, said it has appointed Jesse Spence as its next president.   As NCE president, Spence will have direct responsibility for organizational processes


ESG Awarded LLTM for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter Program

Photo: ESG

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) a Long Lead Time Material (LLTM) contract for the first Offshore Patrol Cutter, USCGC Argus (WMSM 915). The LLTM contract awarded on September 7, 2017 allows Eastern to move forward on an aggressive schedule to deliver a


Damen: A Leader in the Global OPV Market

(Image: Damen)

Having compiled a summary of its worldwide shipbuilding activities regarding Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), Damen Shipyards Group, with five vessels delivered in the last year and 15 currently under construction, claims unrivalled experience in serving the naval industry with its OPV portfolio


Australia Announces Naval Shipbuilding Plan

File photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Australian government announced a $89 billion (US$66.2 billion) naval shipbuilding plan, based mostly in Adelaide. The program will produce 12 submarines, nine frigates and 12 offshore patrol vessels for the Australian navy as well as 19 Pacific patrol boats to be given to neighboring


Damen Consolidates Australian Partnership

Mike Deeks (CSC, Managing Director Forgacs Marine and Defence), Mark Lamarre (CEO ASC Shipbuilding), Roland Briene (Area Director Asia Pacific, Damen Shipyards Group). Photo by Damen Shipyards Group

 Damen Shipyards Group recently visited Adelaide to further consolidate their partnership with ASC Shipbuilding and Forgacs Marine and Defence (Forgacs) (ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding) to build twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) for the Australian Navy and to explore domestic and export


Cast Polyurethane for High Impact, High Wear Applications

(Photo: Argonics)

High-performance polyurethanes combine the advantages of plastics, metals and ceramics with resiliency of rubber parts    Although ship and boat building design engineers have traditionally specified parts made of rubber, plastic or steel when durability is required


Austal Wins USD 584.2 million US Navy Contract

LCS Class. Photo: Austal

 Australian shipbuilder Austal has won a  $584.2 million contract to build a 14th Littoral Combat Ship for the US Navy, Reuters reported.  The contract includes associated LCS class services and related material and integrated data environment support


USCG Vice Commandant Visits Fairbanks Morse

Photo: Fairbanks Morse

On June 21, Fairbanks Morse hosted U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant, Admiral Charles Michel at its facility in Beloit, Wisc., where the USCG second in command was briefed on the company and viewed the manufacturing line that will build the engines to power the Coast Guard’s newly awarded


Austal Opens Cairns Office

Hon Warren Entsch MP, Member for Leichardt joined Austal’s Vice President, Defense RADM (Retd) Davyd Thomas AO CSC to open Austal’s office in Cairns Queensland 10th July 2017. (Photo: Austal)

Austal Australia was joined by Warren Entsch, Federal Member for Leichardt, to officially open its vessel sustainment office in Cairns, the latest effort in the expansion of Austal’s national footprint.   The shipbuilder said its new Cairns sustainment facilities will employ nearly 30


BAE Systems Begins Building UK’s Next Warship

Image: BAE Systems

BAE Systems said it has begun to build the first of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Type 26 Global Combat Ships.    Sir Michael Fallon MP, U.K. Secretary of State for Defense, visited the builder’s Glasgow shipyard to press the button to officially commence production on the new


ESG Completes First OPC Milestone On Schedule, Within Budget

A depiction of the U.S. Coast Guards Offshore Patrol Cutter design (CREDIT: ESG)

Panama City, FL, Eastern Shipbuilding has successfully completed its Initial Critical Design Review (ICDR) milestone with the United States Coast Guard on 21 July, 2017 for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Program.   ESG’s accomplishment is noteworthy as it occurred on schedule and


'Team Damen' Unites Dutch and Australian Industry

Artist’s impression of the Damen 1800 OPV  (Photo: Damen)

Australian Maritime Systems Group is entering into a joint venture with one of Europe’s leading marine technology companies as part of a tender for Australia’s next giant defence contract.   The Brisbane-based company is partnering with Dutch firm Alewijnse Marine to support the


First Pacific Patrol Boat Keel Laid

Minister Pynes’ signature was welded into a plate that was in turn welded into the hull by the Minister, with assistance from one of Austal’s newest Apprentice Fabricators, Ricardo De Oliveira. (Image: Austal)

Austal hosted the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defense Industry, at the ceremonial keel laying of the first of 19 Pacific Patrol Boat vessels for the Australian Government’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) Project.  


Two Patrol Vessels Launched for Indian Navy

(Photo: IRClass)

Two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) for the Indian Navy were launched in Reliance Defense shipyard at Pipavav on July 25, 2017.   The vessels, named INS Shachi and INS Shruti, are the first two vessels in a five-vessel series which are being built in accordance to built under the






 
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