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Damen Multi-Role Auxiliary Vessel

From Damen

During the Oceanographic Survey Vessel Conference in London, Damen Shipyards Group announced the introduction of a new range of Multi-Role Auxiliary Vessels (MRAV). The common theme running through the series is the provision of a basic platform offering reliable and cost-effective multi-role potential and hydrographic survey capabilities to naval clients.

With the addition of supplementary modular mission equipment, this new family of Damen vessels can be mobilised in numerous, mainly littoral, naval tasks such as: explosive ordnance clearance and disposal, diving operations, torpedo recovery and overhaul, ROV and UAV deployment, SAR, coastal infantry and submarine support. The largest version of the range will be able to operate worldwide, on the ocean as well as in littoral waters. This ship has additional capabilities such as disaster and humanitarian relief, oceanography and naval training support.

The introduction of flexible concepts which allow as many functions as possible to be included into a range of smaller vessels without reducing the effectiveness and capacity of the fleet while maintaining the benefits of modularity; this is Damen’s ambition with this new family of vessels. “To this end, plug-and-play containerised kit for many support tasks contribute considerable adaptability to a particular mission,” explains Damen Shipyards Gorinchem’s Principal Naval Advisor Jan van der Burg, a retired Vice Admiral of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

One platform – multiple tasks

“The idea behind these vessels is to create a basic platform that can assist in a variety of tasks through the selection of the required mission configuration, e.g. coastal transport, submarine support or coastal infantry operations. The stimulus to switch from the traditional one-to-one replacement is to lower the total cost of ownership without losing capability and capacity.”

The new range of vessels consists of three different designs: the MRAV 660, MRAV 1600 and MRAV 3600. Designed for different geographic profiles, these vessels are respectively 43, 62 and 85 metres long. Hydrographic capabilities, to map the seabed for safe navigation and as a preparatory action for military operations in particular, are indispensable to navies worldwide. Depending on a naval client’s specific requirements, any type of hydrographic equipment can be integrated into these three vessels.





Read the brochure here

Who will buy them, who knows, are they suitable for the UK, not sure.

An interesting concept though.

One might say, not a million miles away from my thoughts on ships that are not frigates.

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13 Responses

  1. Giving a talk at a recent conference on the theme before related professionals from all US coasts, the astonishing reality hits you square in your science-sensibilities that neither here nor apparently e.g. at Damen respective owners/operators/designers/financiers have any Low-Carbon/ High-Sustainability sensitivities on their list of priorities.

    These are the scientists who amongst a broad range of interests are tracking environmental changes in the atmosphere and the oceans that are already causing increasing ecological and economic distortions, which typically result in political and on occasion military challenges. There is a certain irony on the image of earnest footnote-heavy hyper-focused scientists being a persistent and unrepentant part of the High-Carbon-saturation problem under scientific observation…

    And many appear unawares of this. In a conversation with a Dean of one of the institutions present, an almost refreshing innocence emerged with the surprise and puzzlement in the face of the scenario I proposed that his students and junior associates will pick their institution in part by the relative commitment to Least-Carbon Science-Fleet operational-principles, Proposing to buy, say by 2018, e.g. this Damen type would mean 3-4 decades of increasingly poor – since unadulterated ‘High-Carbon’ – reputation unavoidably and irrespressibly emerging out of the chasm between such types and the fundamentals of the scientific method in the age of accelerating High-Carbon concerns and mounting costs. It is a little bit like insisting to be the most-insistent civil rights warrior while casually indulging in a high-bigotry life-style for all to see…

    What Damen et. al. are doing is not because there are no alternatives to this display of scientific indifference and quite cynical attitudes towards their clients-to-be. Rich options abound to lead in the other direction. But technically/hydrodynamically inexplicable bow-sculptings like these (and other similar ‘trademark-competing’ from other self-styled design-‘radicals’ suggests the intent to ‘dazzle’ the uninitiated decision-makers in hopes of leading these to assume that this is as good as techno-ecologically possible by 2016.

    Let’s just conclude by saying that this is more in-your-face razzle-dazzle with ‘weird cosmetics’ rather than technical and scientific coherence. Which makes e.g. Damen and e.g. their US competitors NOT look good… to the initiated.

  2. Don’t go getting too smug TD – no-one’s actually bought a fleet of them (yet)

  3. TD. re Damen. I fancy the 2600 OPV for that RN gap between an OPV & a light frigate. Sea Axe bow, 103m long, 76mm gun, 7000 nm range, NH90 sized helicopter. Or for border patrol at Dover/East Anglia , the Damen OPV 950, .50 HMG on a remote mount, Sea Axe bow, 66m long.

  4. We could do with an assorted dozen of these for UK Border Force to ‘trol the Channel, keeping out the Portuguese and Greek jobseekers in their dinghys after we leave the EU.

  5. Why would we need something as big as even the 660 for border patrol in the channel? I would have thought at most more of the 42m coast guard cutters (Damen Stan Patrol 4207) would be adequately sized vessels. In fact I read in the Guardian (can’t find the link now) that the border agency has ordered a “fleet” of 20m vessels designed to be more nimble than the existing cutters. I can’t find any other info on that though. Given the Damen relationship maybe they are Stan Patrol 2205s?

  6. @Julian
    The UK Border Force is setting up three new hubs , one in Cornwall , one on the Thames and another on the Humber. Each will have two large RIBS for them to stop and search suspect vessels. They have new powers of detention on suspects. With increased cooperation at the Channel ports and Chunnel entrance migrants are getting more and more desperate and are using similar tactic to cross the Channel as they used to cross the Aegean and the Med to reach Europe in the first place.
    Perhaps they will have some of the Pacific24’s the RN have ordered.
    what they need are these:-
    but will probably get :-
    Just off the coast near Calais I kid you not !The ‘crewman’ is from that well known seafaring nation ,Afghanistan .

  7. TD, how do you post images on this thing? I ended up posting that hideous link!

  8. The link you posted seemed to be from a Google image search, not where the image actually resides. If you find the URL to the actual image, it should resolve properly then

  9. @Julian I would agree the existing cutters are the correct response. We just need a few more.

    I too have seen reports of new 20m boats, and did some digging and found very little. Apparently they will take the form of six 20 meter patrol boats, but the info is sketchy.

    We just need a few more cutters and we would have a very reasonable border force.

    Perhaps something similar to the FAST CREW SUPPLIER 5009 SECURITY. Plenty of space for UAV’s and RHIB’s on the back.

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