World Maritime News – VIDEO: Evolution of Offshore Patrol Vessels

Royal Navy River Class Batch 2

The vessels will include a modified flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopters, larger stores and more accommodation for embarked troops. They will also be the first ships to be built with a BAE Systems designed, new operating system called Shared Infrastructure, which will be rolled out across the ’s surface fleet over the next ten years.

Shared Infrastructure uses virtual technologies to host and integrate the sensors, weapons and management systems that complex warships require. By replacing multiple large consoles dedicated to specific tasks with a single hardware solution, the amount of spares which are required to be carried onboard is reduced, significantly decreasing through-life costs.

The vessels will include a modified flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopters, larger stores and more accommodation for embarked troops.

River Class Batch 2
River Class Batch 2

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There has been a great deal of speculation and comment about the new RN Offshore Patrol Vessels, most of them moaning about why they don’t have triple 16″ gun turrets and laser beams or why they cost more than similar vessels, similar vessels that did not have to comply with the latest Royal Navy stability, damage control, habitability and specification requirements for example.

The real question though, what colour will be the carpets be?

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