Damen Shipyards announced the introduction of a new range of Multi-Role Auxiliary Vessels (MRAV) during the Oceanographic Survey Vessel Conference in London.
The common theme running through the series is the provision of a basic platform offering reliable and cost-effective multi-role potential and hydrographic survey capabilities to naval clients.
With the addition of supplementary modular mission equipment, this new family of Damen vessels can be mobilised in numerous, mainly littoral, naval tasks such as: explosive ordnance clearance and disposal, diving operations, torpedo recovery and overhaul, ROV and UAV deployment, SAR, coastal infantry and submarine support. The largest version of the range will be able to operate worldwide, on the ocean as well as in littoral waters. This ship has additional capabilities such as disaster and humanitarian relief, oceanography and naval training support, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
The introduction of flexible concepts which allow as many functions as possible to be included into a range of smaller vessels without reducing the effectiveness and capacity of the fleet while maintaining the benefits of modularity.
“To this end, plug-and-play containerised kit for many support tasks contribute considerable adaptability to a particular mission,” Damen Shipyards Gorinchem’s Principal Naval Advisor Jan van der Burg said.
“The idea behind these vessels is to create a basic platform that can assist in a variety of tasks through the selection of the required mission configuration, e.g. coastal transport, submarine support or coastal infantry operations. The stimulus to switch from the traditional one-to-one replacement is to lower the total cost of ownership without losing capability and capacity.”
The new range of vessels consists of three different designs: the MRAV 660, MRAV 1600 and MRAV 3600. Designed for different geographic profiles, these vessels are respectively 43, 62 and 85 metres long. Hydrographic capabilities, to map the seabed for safe navigation and as a preparatory action for military operations in particular, are indispensable to navies worldwide. Depending on a naval client’s specific requirements, any type of hydrographic equipment can be integrated into these three vessels.
Damen Shipyard has signed a contract with the Dutch and Swedish Ministries of Defence for a seven-year, in-service maintenance contract covering a total of five vessels. All of these are tugs purchased from Damen
Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to purchase twelve vessels for its Defence Force from Damen Shipyards. Trinidad and Tobago has ordered a complete package of vessels with the aim of enhancing the countrys maritime security and of establishing the foundations of a Maritime Security Wall; thereby creating and sustaining an effective presence in all tiers of Trinidad and Tobagos maritime domain
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) has taken delivery of the fourth and final Stan Patrol 4207, named HMBS Rolly Gray, Damen Shipyard said in a statement Wednesday. The four Stan Patrol 4207s form part of the six-year Sandy Bottom project
Damen Shipyards Group and Concordia Group have signed a joint venture agreement for the construction and trade of inland waterway vessels. The joint venture will operate under the name Concordia Damen Shipbuilding
Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has delivered the second and final Perusak Kawal Rudal (PKR) guided missile frigate to the Indonesian Navy. Bakker Sliedrecht was responsible for the electrical auxiliary propulsion system
Tasmanian company will deliver barges for Australian Antarctic Divisions RSV Nuyina Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has selected Taylor Bros of Tasmania to supply two high powered Antarctic landing barges for Australias new icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina. Damen is building the vessel at its yard, Damen Shipyards Galati, in Romania for the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)
Damen Shipyards Group has delivered two SAR 1906 vessels to the Turkish Coast Guard. The ships were delivered as part of an agreement between the European Union and the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
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