February 24, 2005
Frigate like patrol ships:
Finishing the Engineering
of the new Patrol Ships
The engineering of the three new patrol
ships continues as part of the recent defense agreement for 2005-2009.
Shortly before Christmas Naval Material Command
made an agreement with Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd. to finish the engineering of
the three new patrol ships for the Royal Danish Navy.
A 30 year jubilee for the corvettes of the
NIELS JUEL Class is possible before the relief is in place.
By Johnny E. Balsved
According to the project manager for the patrol
ship project, commander senior grade Anders Beck Jørgensen, the Naval Material
Command shortly before Christmas made an agreement with Odense Steel Shipyard
Ltd regarding the finalizing of the engineering, design and certain preparations
for production, in connection with the building of the planned three new patrol
ships for the Royal Danish Navy.
The first design draft of the new frigate like patrol
(Illustration by courtesy of the
Naval Material Command)
Replacement for the corvettes
The Patrol ships are intended as replacement for
the three aging corvettes of the
NIELS JUEL Class, that were commissioned into the Royal Danish Navy
Because of their size, endurance and planned
armament, the correct term would be frigates, and not patrol ships.
But the new
ships will fill the bill of the new expeditionary defence policy very well. Much
better than the corvettes, they are replacing, did on several occasions. Build
as they were for the cold war scenario in the Baltic and its approaches.
Expected main dimensions:
Length o.a.: 137 meters, beam: 20 meters &
draught: 6 meters.
Displacement fully loaded: 6,200 tons.
Maximum speed to be at least 28 knots, and with an
unrefueled range of 9,000 nautical miles including one month of supplies.
The new ships will be build on the same hull as
ABSALON Class – however without the Ro-Ro deck. Some of the height
saved will be utilized to provide extra space for cable trays etc. above the
false ceilings in the remaining decks.
Furthermore they will be provided with more
powerful sensors and weaponry, as the proper combat units they will be.
The new frigate like patrol ships will look much the same as
the new support ships, here the
ABSALON, but would not have the large flex deck.
(Photo: Master Sergeant Claus J. Gustafsen,
Fully operational 2010
The agreement with the yard on finalizing
engineering and design and certain preparations for production is a direct
result of a appropriation bill, and furthermore of the recent defence agreement
in Parliament for the period 2005 to 2009.
It is expected in the Naval Material
Command that MOD arrange for contract and final delivery in 2006.
When the ships have been finished by the building
yard, final fit out with armaments and electronics will most likely happen at a
Admiral Danish Fleet, rear admiral Kurt B. Jensen, said in his
speech at the New Years parade, that he expects the new ships will be fully
operational in 2010-2012. Which means the
NIELS JUEL Class will turn 30 before relief is in place.
In accordance with the task given to the new ships
are diverse a good general suit of armaments is expected to be fitted, with the
focus on air defense with both guns and missiles, and in general follow the
trend set by the
ABSALON Class with the same long range
127 mm Gun M/02 and the
Gun M/04 (CIWS).
In connection with the contract for the first 4
guns for the
ABSALON Class, options on the Oerlikon Contraves Millennium were
taken. And they are seen as placed both ahead of the bridge as on top of hangar
The aiming of these new guns will most probably be
by means of the SaabTech CEROS gun fire control system.
Apart from above mentioned the ships will also
have a number of the RDN flexible container weapons system.
This will facilitate
the reuse of existing weapon systems such as
Block II and the Raytheon
Evolved Sea Sparrow
The US Navy standard 5"
(127 mm) will also be the new Danish
for the larger ships.
(Photo: US Navy)
CIWS 35 mm Millennium proto type.
Helicopter Flight deck
The ships will in line with established practice
have a flight deck and hangar aft. These will be seized for a medium helicopter
– most likely the EH101 – which is now going into service with the Royal Danish
Money for 4 of these helicopters in a maritime
version are sanctioned in
the latest defense agreement. No contract has however not been signed yet.
The first Danish Agusta-Westland
EH-101 during test flight.
(Photo: Royal Danish Air force)
Translated by Lars-Henrik Arvedsen
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