Maritime Security Vessel News Roundup | July 26 – Thai and Alabama police boats, US and Saudi naval ship deliveries and more

Maritime Security Vessel News Roundup | July 26 – Thai and Alabama police boats, US and Saudi naval ship deliveries and more


New patrol boats were recently delivered to the Royal Thai Police and a law enforcement agency in Alabama. A new navy ship enters service with Saudi Arabia and construction starts on a logistical support vessel for Italy. The US Navy retires one of its oldest active amphibious ships but takes delivery of a newbuild surface combatant and places orders for additional floating assets for delivery within the next two decades.

Royal Thai Police welcomes new patrol boat into service

Photo: Incat Crowther

The Royal Thai Police recently took delivery of a new patrol boat built by local shipyard Seacrest Marine.

Chai Jinda measures 42 by 7.9 metres and is crewed by 22 personnel. Three MTU 16V2000 M86 engines drive fixed-pitch propellers to deliver a maximum speed of 35 knots and a patrol speed of 20 knots.

The boat also has a forward weapons mount for a 30-millimetre autocannon as well as a firefighting monitor.

Alabama’s Orange Beach Police takes delivery of patrol boat

Photo: Metal Shark Boats

Metal Shark Boats has delivered a new patrol boat to the Orange Beach Police Department in Alabama.

The all-weather-capable Marine 1 measures 38 feet (11.5 metres) long and is powered by three Mercury outboards. The electronics suite includes a radar and a rotating thermal camera.

Patrol boat pair handed over to Turkish Gendarmerie

Photo: ASFAT

The Gendarmerie General Command of Turkey has taken delivery of two new patrol boats built by local defence firm ASFAT.

The boats are the sixth and seventh in a series to be supplied to the gendarmerie. Each vessel has a length of 10.2 metres, a beam of 3.2 metres, a draught of 0.55 metres, and space for three crewmembers.

Two outboard engines will deliver speeds in excess of 35 knots.

Littoral combat ship Santa Barbara delivered to US Navy

Photo: Austal USA

Austal USA has handed over a new Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) to the US Navy.

The future USS Santa Barbara is the third US Navy ship to be named in honour of the city of Santa Barbara in California.

Three other Independence-class ships are currently under construction at Austal USA’s Mobile, Alabama facilities. The future USS Augusta was recently launched while final assembly is underway on the future USS Kingsville and modules for the future USS Pierre are under construction.

Saudi Arabia to commission second Al-Jubail-class frigate

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces frigate Al-Diriyah during its launching and christening ceremony in Spain, November 14, 2020 (Photo: Navantia)

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces will commission its newest frigate in a ceremony at the San Fernando facilities of Spanish shipbuilder Navantia on Tuesday, July 26.

Al-Diriyah is the second of a planned five Al-Jubail-class frigates being built by Navantia for Saudi Arabia. The frigates are variants of the Avante 2200 series.

The frigate has a length of 104 metres, a beam of 14 metres, space for 102 crew and other personnel, a speed of 27 knots, and an endurance of 21 days.

First steel cut for new Italian Navy support ship

Photo: Fincantieri

Italian shipyard Fincantieri has cut the first steel for the second logistic support ship (LSS) in a series slated for the Italian Navy.

The vessel will have electric motors, low-emission generators, and biological waste control systems. Its secondary functions will include humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Delivery of the second LSS is scheduled for 2025.

Sea trials begin for Royal Canadian Navy’s third Harry DeWolf-class patrol ship

The future HMCS Max Bernays, a Royal Canadian Navy Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, being launched into the water, October 23, 2021 (Photo: Irving Shipbuilding)

Irving Shipbuilding has begun conducting sea trials of the future HMCS Max Bernays, the second Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) that the company is building for the Royal Canadian Navy.

The trials are being carried out in Halifax Harbour just off Irving’s Halifax Shipyard facilities in Nova Scotia.

The 103-metre vessel was designed in compliance to IACS Polar Class 5. A diesel-electric propulsion system consists of four 3.6MW diesel engines that supply electrical power to two 4.5MW motors to deliver speeds of 17 knots in open water and three knots for icebreaking.

Once delivered, the future Max Bernays will be assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific, making it the first AOPS to operate primarily off Canada’s western coast.

US Navy decommissions dock landing ship Whidbey Island

Photo: US Navy

The US Navy formally retired the dock landing ship (LSD) USS Whidbey Island in a ceremony on Friday, July 22.

The lead ship of its class, Whidbey Island entered service in February 1985. Its notable deployments included Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Operation Uphold Democracy in 1994, and various cruises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2002 to 2007.

Like its sisters, the LSD has capacity for four air-cushion landing craft (LCACs) or 21 LCM-6 medium landing craft and up to 400 embarked marines.

US Navy exercises option for two additional Navajo-class salvage vessels

Austal USA has been awarded a US$156 million fixed-price incentive contract option from the US Navy for the construction of two Navajo-class towing, salvage, and rescue ships (T-ATS). With the award, the company is now under contract for four T-ATS, having received awards for T-ATS 11 and 12 in October 2021.

The ocean-going tug, salvage, and rescue ships will be designed to support the navy’s fleet operations. Each T-ATS will have a multi-mission common hull platform capable of towing heavy ships.

The vessels will be capable of supporting a variety of missions including oil spill response, humanitarian assistance, search and rescue (SAR), and surveillance.

US Navy awards design contract for future destroyer class

Photo: PEO Ships, US Naval Sea Systems Command

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to provide shipbuilder engineering and design analysis to produce design products in support of the preliminary and contract design for the navy’s DDG(X) guided missile destroyers.

The design effort for DDG(X) will involve a collaborative navy-industry effort composed of the large surface combatant shipbuilders, suppliers, ship design agents and other subject matter experts. A similar award was also made to Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), according to a recent announcement from the navy.

If all options are exercised, the contract will continue through July 2028. Fiscal Year 2022 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (FY22 RDT&E) funds were obligated at the time of award.

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