This week’s featured deliveries include two amphibious landing vessels for the US and Nigerian Navies, 12 high-speed border guard boats for Vietnam, and a UK police vessel made from a new type of marine construction material. An order has meanwhile been placed for new coast guard-optimised fast boats to be supplied to a Middle Eastern navy.
Police Scotland to operate locally-built boat
UK company ExoTechnologies, through its Glasgow-based vessel building arm Ultimate Boats, has delivered a new boat to Police Scotland.
The vessel is notable for being the first in a series of boats constructed using a new fully recyclable composite material designed as a replacement for FRP and carbon fibre.
The new police boat has a top speed of 50 knots and an operating range of 400 nautical miles. It will be demonstrated at the Seawork exhibition in Southampton later this month.
Police Scotland will operate the boat on loan from ExoTechnologies over a period of three years.
Nigerian Navy’s newest landing ship arrives in home waters
The Nigerian Navy’s newest tank landing ship (LST) has arrived in home waters following a journey of 56 days.
Built by Albwardy Damen in the UAE, the future NNS Kada has an LOA of 100 metres, a beam of 16 metres, and capacity for up to 540 cubic metres of roll-on/roll-off freight and 420 square metres of additional deck cargo. Two Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines deliver a maximum speed of 16 knots and a range of 4,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots.
The LST will be homeported in Apapa just outside Lagos.
Vietnam Border Guard receives 12 new high-speed boats
The Vietnam Border Guard recently received 12 high-speed guard boats in a series.
The vessels were supplied under a joint project between the Vietnamese and Indian governments. Five of the boats were built by Larsen and Toubro in India while the remainder were constructed by Hong Ha Shipyard in Vietnam.
Rajnath Singh, Indian Minister of Defence, said he is “confident” that the guard boat project will lead to similar cooperative defence projects between the two countries.
Fifth SSC landing craft handed over to US Navy
The US Navy took delivery of a new Ship to Shore Connector (SSC) landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Textron Systems Corporation on Thursday, June 9.
The delivery of LCAC 104 follows the completion of acceptance trials with the navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey to test the readiness and capability of the craft and to validate requirements.
As with the navy’s earlier SSCs, LCAC 104 was built with similar configurations, dimensions, and clearances to the legacy LCACs, ensuring the compatibility with existing well deck-equipped amphibious ships.
Qatar orders coast guard interceptor boats from Turkish builder
The Qatari government has selected Turkey’s Ares Shipyard to supply a new class of fast coastal interceptor craft.
The boats will be used by the Qatari Emiri Navy for coast guard duties. Each will have a maximum speed of 60 knots, a range of over 250 nautical miles, electro-optical sensors, and a remotely controlled 12.7-millimetre machine gun.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in early 2023.
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