Canadian Surface Combatant
Program Moves Forward
By AMI INTERNATIONAL INC.
Aproject-definition phase for the Canadian Navy’s Canadian
Surface Combatant (CSC) Program
is expected to be awarded by the end
of year. The CSC Program is expected to deliver 15 surface combatants
to replace three Iroquois-class
destroyers and 12 Halifax-class
frigates at a cost of $20.5 billion.
The first three units — Flight 1
— will replace the Iroquois destroyers beginning in 2021, and be oriented toward anti-air warfare and
command and control. The 12 follow-on units will be general-purpose combatants and are expected to
begin entering service around 2025,
with project completion in 2035.
The vessels will be built in Canada
at one of five yards — Peter Kiewit
Infrastructure, Irving Shipbuilding,
Davie Yards, Seaway Marine &
Industrial and Vancouver Shipyards
— that have been selected for con-
struction of major surface vessels
under the government’s National
Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy
that was approved in June 2010.
The Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Athabaskan leads a formation
followed by HMCS Montreal just behind it, HMCS Charlottetown, at left, and
HMCS Fredericton, right, during a Task Group Exercise in the Atlantic Ocean
Nov. 3. A project-definition phase for the Canadian Surface Combatant Program
to replace these ships is expected to be awarded by the end of the year.
Colombia To Order
The Colombian Navy is in the final
stages of signing a contract with
Cartagena-based La Corporación de
Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desar-rollo de la Industria Naval, Marítima
y Fluvial de Colombia Shipyard for
four follow-on units to the Fassmer
OPV-80 design 20 de Julio-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV). The first
unit, 20 de Julio, launched in August
and is expected to be commissioned
by the end of this year.
The 20 de Julio OPV is based on an
X-shaped hull built of steel, with the
exception of the wheelhouse, which
is aluminum. It features a helicopter
deck for the operation and refueling
of one medium-sized helicopter, as
well as having two single point davits
for the employment of two 7-meter
rigid-hull inflatable boats.
The vessel is powered by two
diesel engines for a top speed of 21
knots and a range of 8,600 nautical
miles at 12 knots. The OPV is
armed with a 40mm gun and the
indigenously made Medusa remote-operated weapons system.
A construction contract is expected to be complete by midyear,
which would allow for construction
of the first of the follow-on units to
begin by the end of the year. Each of
the four units is expected to be
commissioned at 18-month intervals beginning in 2014.
Turkish Coast Guard
To Gain Patrol Boats
Turkey will procure a class of eight
new patrol boats in the 400- to 600-
ton range for the Turkish Coast
Guard. The new patrol boat will be
based on the Istanbul-based Dearsan