Marine products and services supplier, Fendercare Marine, signed a contract with BAE Systems Naval Ships for three new River Class Batch 2 programme Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the UK Royal Navy.
The contract consists of provision of rudder blades, rudder stocks, sleeves/liners for rudder stock, anchors, chain and deck equipment.
Production of the new Offshore Patrol Vessels commenced in October 2014 at BAE Systems’ facility in Govan, Glasgow. The 90 metre OPV is based on a proven BAE Systems design which is already in service with the Brazilian Navy and Royal Thai Navy. Engineers at BAE Systems have modified the design, ensuring it meets the requirements of the Royal Navy in support of UK interests both at home and abroad.
The new OPVs will include a modified flight deck capable of operating the latest Merlin helicopters, larger stores and more accommodation for embarked troops. The first of class is expected to be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2017, with Fendercare Marine due to complete their elements by the end of 2015.
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