Maritime Security Vessel News Roundup | September 29 – US and Colombian naval ships, Turkey’s newest unmanned combat vessel and more

UNMANNED CRAFT WEEK

The US Navy takes delivery of a new surface combatant while Turkey commences operations of a locally-built armed unmanned craft. Work is underway on new unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) in the US. Lastly, a Dutch-Colombian partnership will develop an upgraded class of frigate.

Littoral combat ship Cooperstown delivered to US Navy

The US Navy littoral combat ship USS Cooperstown during sea trials (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

The US Navy has accepted delivery of the future littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Cooperstown from Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.

The ship is the 12th Freedom-variant LCS designed and delivered to the US Navy by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team. Following delivery, the ship will sail away for a commissioning ceremony in New York City before transiting to its homeport in Mayport, Florida.

The future Cooperstown is the second Freedom-variant ship outfitted with the combining gear correction that will allow unrestricted operations. The navy said the correction addresses a class-wide flaw that was identified as the fleet deployed these ships in greater numbers.

The ship will be the first US Navy vessel to honour the village of Cooperstown in Otsego County, New York.

Turkey unveils new armed USV with electronic warfare capability

The Turkish Defence Industry Agency has unveiled a new locally-built unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to be fitted with gun and missile armament for surface warfare, underwater warfare, and asymmetric warfare missions.

Marlin was developed jointly by local companies Sefine Shipyard and Aselsan. The craft has a length of 15 metres and is optimised for operations in coastal waters as well as further offshore.

The USV will also be equipped to undertake electronic warfare missions.

US firm developing new UUV series

Photo: Nauticus Robotics

US defence technology company Leidos has confirmed that it is developing several new unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) that will feature advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and sensing capabilities.

The UUVs will feature technology to support military and commercial activities alike.

Capabilities will include mine countermeasures (MCM), oceanographic sensing, and data collection.

Two firms to collaborate on design of future Colombian Navy frigates

Photo: Damen

Colombian state-owned shipbuilder Cotecmar and the Damen Shipyards Group have entered into an agreement for the joint development of the contractual design for a new class of frigates for the Colombian Navy.

The new design will be a variant of an existing Damen frigate series, examples of which have already been built for the navies of other countries including Indonesia.

Damen and Cotecmar will update the design so that it will satisfy the requirements of the Colombian Navy.

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