The Kuwaiti Navy intends to use
the MK V to protect its territorial
waters as well as critical offshore oil
pumping and loading facilities. The
vessels will be armed with the MLG-
27 Mauser lightweight gun system.
Norway To Acquire
Joint Support Ship
Norwegian Minister of Defense
Anne-Greta Strøm-Erichsen has
announced that the Royal Norwegian Navy intends to acquire a
new joint logistic support ship.
The program is valued at $243.4
million and the ship scheduled to
enter service in 2014.
Initial information suggests that
the new ship will combine the operational capabilities of a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship and a fleet replenishment ship — both of which the
Norwegian Navy has had plans in
the works for since 2005 — into one
unit. This combination of capabili-
ties will save the service both in the
initial cost of a second vessel and the
operating and manning costs associated with a second hull.
Based on initial information, the
ship will have two refueling-at-sea
stations (one each port and starboard), a heavy-lift crane, two underway replenishment stations, and
a flight deck and hangar for two helicopters. It also will have the capability of transporting personnel, equipment vehicles, fuel and ammunition
for all of Norway’s armed forces.
As a secondary function, it also
will be able to support civil authorities during times of national emergency for evacuations, medical
assistance and oil spills.
Daewoo To Modernize
South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding
& Marine Engineering has been
awarded a $75 million contract for
the modernization of the Indonesian
Navy’s second Cakra-class Type
The modernization program
likely will be similar to the one
completed on the first Cakra sub in
2006 that included:
■ Overhaul of the submarine’s
■ Replacement of batteries.
■ Upgrade of the combat management system, sonar system and electronic support measures.
■ Replacement of the surface
Based on the timeline of the first
Cakra modernization, if the second
sub enters the shipyard by the end of
year, it likely would return to service
by the middle of 2011. ■
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SEAPOWER / AUGUST 2009