Summary of Maritime Security Vessel News | 2 March – British Royal Navy submersibles, patrol boats for Middle East operators and more Seafarers News

Deliveries include submersibles for the British Royal Navy and fast interceptors for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces. A California port operator welcomes a converted patrol boat to its fleet and a future Ukrainian gunboat begins sea trials. US Navy names future fast transport and attack submarine. Finally, a UAE government agency places orders for locally built surveillance and rescue boats.

British manufacturer completes delivery of submersibles to Royal Navy

Photo: Royal Navy

Atlas Electronics UK has delivered the last of six in a row 15m submersibles ordered by the Royal Navy for operation by its Diving and Threat Exploitation Group.

The submersibles are variants of a class of officer training boats also built for the Navy by Atlas Electronics UK.

The six submersibles were delivered over a period of five years. They will replace older workboats that have been in service since the 1990s.

Refurbished Harbor Patrol Boat for Morro Bay, California

Photo: Morro Bay Harbor Department

The Morro Bay Harbor Department, a maritime law enforcement and emergency agency serving the central California city of Morro Bay, has commissioned a recently acquired and upgraded patrol boat.

The vessel spent two years undergoing a modernization at the DR Radon Boat Building facilities in Goleta, California. Upgrades include new diesel engines, a new electronics suite and firefighting equipment.

The refurbished boat will operate under the name Harbor Patrol 3869.

Final interceptors in series handed over to Saudi Ministry of Defense

Photo: Ministry of Defense of Saudi Arabia

Saudi shipbuilder Zamil Shipyards and French defense contractor CMN Group have delivered the final batch of 39 interceptors in a series ordered by the Saudi Arabian Defense Ministry.

The 32-metre vessels are used by the Royal Saudi Naval Forces on missions including anti-piracy patrols, anti-illegal immigration patrols, escorting convoys, strikes and search and rescue.

Each interceptor will have a crew of 12 and will have a top speed of 43 knots. A cruising speed of 12 knots gives a range of 800 nautical miles.

The US Navy’s newest expeditionary fast transporter has been officially named

Photo: Austal USA

The US Navy and shipbuilder Austal USA recently held a naming ceremony for the future USNS codythe Navy’s newest Spearhead-class Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF).

The EPF is the fourteenth Spearhead-class ship and the first US Navy ship to be named in honor of the city of Cody, Wyoming.

The future cody is a Flight II variant of the Spearhead-class transport. The main differentiators of the Flight II EPFs will be their enhanced medical capabilities, which will allow them to operate as high-speed ships to complement the Navy’s larger hospital ships.

The future gunboat of the Ukrainian Navy begins sea trials of the builder

The eighth gunboat of the Ukrainian Navy’s Project 58155 shortly after being launched for the first time on September 30, 2021 (Photo: Kuznia na Rybalskomu)

Ukrainian shipyard Kuznia na Rybalskomu has started conducting construction tests of a new project 58155 gunboat ordered by the Ukrainian Navy.

The eighth and final Gyurza M-class gunboat is scheduled for delivery later this year. It is mainly used for flow operations.

The delivery of the gunboat is accelerated after the loss of four of its sisters during the ongoing war with Russia.

US Navy submarine honoring former Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton

Rendering of a Virginia-class submarine (Photo: US Department of Defense)

US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has confirmed that a future US Navy Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine will be named USS John H Dalton.

John Howard Dalton, the submarine’s namesake, was the 70th Secretary of the Navy and a former U.S. Navy submarine-qualified officer.

Once commissioned, the submarine will operate in coastal waters and deep waters, conducting anti-submarine warfare, surface ship warfare, aggressive warfare, special forces support, reconnaissance, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), irregular warfare, and mine warfare. Armament includes torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

The UAE operator orders locally built fast patrol boats

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ship Building

The United Arab Emirates Government’s Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Defense Authority (CICPA) has awarded Abu Dhabi Ship Building a contract to build new fast patrol boats.

The order includes boats from two different series, designed for both coastal and deeper offshore waters. Missions include patrol, intercept, and search and rescue.

The contract is valued at approximately AED 175 million (US$47.6 million).

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