Another cutter design fitting about half way between the Offshore Patrol Cutter and the Fast Response Cutter. An unusual feature of this one, is its hybrid propulsion system. Also found it interesting that it used the ABS classification system. Before COVID-19 this vessel was expected to be delivered this year.
The characteristics of the vessel are as follows:
Length Overall – 74.8m (245.3′)
Moulded breadth – 13m (42.6′)
Speed – More than 20 Knots
Displacement – 1800 tons full load
Draught – 3.8m (12.5′)
Classification Society – ABS
Propulsion – 2 x 5440 kW Hybrid with PTI (14,590 HP)
Propellers – 2 x CPP
Given that it will have twice the horsepower of a WMEC270 and is nearly the same displacement, its maximum speed is likely to be about 23 knots.
The hybrid propulsion includes electric motors capable of propelling the ship at up to 12 knots.
It is expected to have a crew of 48 and additional accommodations for 20.
It is expected to operate two 9.1 meter RHIBs, one from a stern ramp and one from a davit, starboard side. It is also expected to operate an AW139, an approximately seven ton gross weight helicopter. No hangar is fitted.
The construction contract, signed 10 Oct. 2018, is for EUR48.6 million (USD56.2 million) funded 75% by the European Union Security Fund.
Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention.
Wonder will poor old Aoife be able to solider on till this comes into service? Nice hull for the Maltese.
I would think for Malta, they want a Coast Guard Style Navy
What do you mean by that?
What I am saying is some smaller navies operate just like the USCG
The ship has been delivered. No additional details on the ship here: https://seawaves.com/2022/11/09/75m-opv-delivered-to-the-maltese-armed-forces/
The ship has been commissioned. https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2023/march/12963-malta-navy-commissions-offshore-patrol-vessel-p71.html
Includes a good description of the vessel and it armament and boats.
This gives the best description of the ship I have seen so far. https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2022/11/maltas-flagship-opv-p71-arrives-in-la-valetta/
As noted earlier, with this much horsepower, 14,590 HP, this ship should be good for about 24 knots.