Aalborg Vaerft Awarded Danish Navy Contract For Seven Flex 300 Convertible Combatant Vessels
After a year of negotiations, Aalborg Vaerft in Denmark recently signed a contract for the construction of seven Standard Flex 300 vessels for the Royal Danish Navy. The contract provides an option for an additional nine vessels of the same type. The first seven ships will be delivered between 1987 and 1991.
This is a new type of naval design.
The hull and superstructure will be a "sandwich" construction of fiberglass reinforced polyester. Designed for flexibility, these vessels can be quickly and easily converted to handle a wide variety of completely different missions by exchanging modular weapons and equipment units.
Any module for a specific purpose can be exchanged with a module for another purpose. For example, a self-contained crane unit can be exchanged for a gun or missile unit.
Propulsion power for the Standard Flex 300 will be provided by a combination gas turbine/diesel engine (CODAG) installation.
The Danish Naval Material Command (NMC) reports a high level of n a t i o n a l interest in the new project.
For Aalborg Vaerft, this new order is a continuation of a longstanding cooperation with the NMC. The yard's latest deliveries to NMC were three CODOC corvettes of the Niels Juel Class, design that has achieved an international reputation for flexibility and efficiency.
Construction of the new Standard Flex 300 vessels is a typical task for Aalborg's ship division, which concentrates on the building of specialized vessels of high technology. An example is the 46,000-grt luxury cruise liner delivered earlier this year to Carnival Cruise Lines of Miami. That vessel is now successfully cruising to the Caribbean.
The Standard Flex 300 has an overall length of about 177 feet, beam of 29.5 feet, depth to main deck of 14.5 feet, and displacement of approximately 300 metric tons.
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