Maritime Security Vessel News Roundup | January 11 – Turkish helicopter carrier, Canadian Coast Guard patrol ships and more
Construction is nearly completed on two new amphibious ships for the Turkish and Thai navies and Taiwan’s first locally built submarine is scheduled for initial tests before the end of the year. The Canadian government meanwhile places an order for two large coast guard patrol ships based on an existing design optimised for navy use.
Turkish Navy helicopter carrier begins sea trials
A new helicopter-carrying landing platform dock (LPD) slated for the Turkish Navy has begun conducting sea trials as part of an acceptance testing phase.
The future TCG Anadolu was built locally by Sedef Shipyard to a design by Spanish naval shipbuilder Navantia. Delivery is scheduled for later this year.
The LPD has a length of 232 metres, a beam of 32 metres, and capacity for troops and various vehicles including unmanned aerial vehicles.
Royal Thai Navy’s future amphibious ship launched in China
Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China has launched a new landing platform dock (LPD) ordered by the Royal Thai Navy.
The future HTMS Chang is a variant of the Type 071 LPD used by China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy. Once completed, it will measure 210 by 28 metres and will be able to embark up to 800 troops, various landing craft and land vehicles, and two transport/utility helicopters.
The future Chang is scheduled to be commissioned into service within this year.
Taiwan’s first indigenous submarine to be ready for testing by September
Taiwan’s first indigenously built submarine will be ready to undergo its initial tests in September of this year, the chairman of local shipbuilder CSBC Corporation has confirmed.
Mr Cheng Wen-long told reporters that construction on the prototype boat continued despite a series of difficulties, which were overcome thanks to the aid of a task force within the company and the cooperation of the Republic of China Navy’s (RoCN) own Naval Shipbuilding Development Centre.
Canadian government orders two offshore patrol ships for coast guard use
The Canadian federal government and Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding have finalised an agreement on the construction of two Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) for use by the Canadian Coast Guard.
The ships will be variants of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Harry DeWolf-class AOPS but will feature modifications to make them more suitable for coast guard missions.
Construction of the two additional coast guard AOPS will commence this summer and will be completed by 2027. The newbuilding project has a total cost of approximately CA$1.6 billion (US$1.18 billion).