Maritime Security Vessel News Roundup | September 1 – North Sea and Minnesota patrol boats, a future US Navy aircraft carrier and more

New patrol boats have been delivered to operators in Denmark and the United States. Construction is well underway on the US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier as a German builder unveils a new warship design. Two American companies have teamed up to introduce a new line of unmanned vessels for defense and other government applications.

Danish Fisheries Agency takes delivery of locally built patrol boat

Photo: Danish Fisheries Agency

The Danish Fisheries Agency has taken delivery of a new patrol boat to operate in the North Sea and Skagerrak.

The 64 meters long Nordsøen (“North Sea”) was built by local company Hvide Sande Shipyard, Steel, and Service. Its secondary missions will include search and rescue (SAR).

Accommodation is available for 14 crew, although the vessel can only be operated by nine staff.

The vessel also has space for unmanned vehicles to be used for fisheries surveillance missions.

New patrol boat to operate in Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park

Photo: Silver Ships

Silver Ships, based in Alabama, recently handed over a new patrol boat to the National Park Service.

The 23-foot (seven-meter) vessel will operate in Voyageurs National Park located in Minnesota on the Canadian border, where it will perform SAR and other emergency response missions.

Power is provided by two Mercury outboards that offer speeds of up to 37 knots. Also fitted are Garmin electronics, lockable weapons stowage and a personnel bow door for easy disembarkation and embarkation when beaching and going ashore.

The German manufacturer offers a new corvette design

Photo: German Shipyards Kiel

German shipyards in Kiel have begun development work on a new 96-meter-long corvette design capable of a full range of naval operations.

Each ship in the class will be equipped with a 3D radar and weapon and sensor systems dedicated to anti-aircraft and anti-surface warfare. An innovative slender bow section will improve seakeeping and efficiency while the topside and superstructure will be modular in design and have a reduced radar section.

Two diesel engines driving variable-pitch propellers will allow each corvette to reach a maximum speed of 28 knots or travel up to 4,000 nautical miles.

Keel laid for future US Navy Enterprise aircraft carrier

Photo: Huntington Ingalls Industries

The Newport News Shipbuilding division of US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has laid the keel of the US Navy’s third aircraft carrier to be named USS Company.

The third Gerald R. Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its sisters are set to replace the US Navy’s Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. HII said each Ford-class ship will feature a new nuclear power plant, redesigned island, electromagnetic catapults, improved weapons movement, improved flight deck to support increased operational efficiency and room for growth for future technologies. .

HII said approximately 17.5 tons (15.8 tons) of steel that was used in the hull and superstructure of the second USS Company will also be used in the new carrier.

Partnership to develop new unmanned vessels for the US Navy and other users

A Saildrone USV being tested in the Gulf of Aqaba off Jordan (Photo: US Army/Specialist Natianna Strachen)

Shipbuilder Austal USA and unmanned systems company Saildrone have formed a strategic partnership to build unmanned autonomous surface vehicles.

The goal of the partnership is to provide the U.S. Navy and other government customers with unmanned solutions for maritime domain awareness, hydrographic surveying and other missions requiring persistent wide area coverage.

Among the first unmanned vessels to be developed by the partnership is a 65-foot (20-meter) long craft designed specifically for deep ocean mapping and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications, to both above and below the surface. The craft was developed and designed by Saildrone and examples will be manufactured exclusively by Austal USA at its Mobile, Alabama facility.

Earnest A. Martinez