Turkey set sail for energy in the EEZ (exclusive economic zone)

Turkish 1st Seismic Research Ship MTA ORUÇ REİS has been delivered to Minister of Energy and National Resources. With 100 million euro cost, MTA ORUÇ REİS is capable of 2D/3D seismic research in deep waters for oil and natural gas resources.

She can sail 35 days continously without any logistic support with 55 person onboard including 28 researcher and 27 ship crew.  The ship has also a wide range of hydrography and oceanography features and a heli-pad for helicopter operations.


Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak announced that Turkey aims at increasing its exploration efforts, both in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

MTA ORUÇ REİS has been built by İstanbul Shipyard which has delivered TCG ALEMDAR (A-582) Submarine Rescue Mother Ship earlier in this year.

US Navy awarded $3 billion contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries

US Navy awarded a $3-billion contract modification for the detail design and construction of LHA-8, the future amphibious assault ship Bougainville, to Huntington Ingalls Industries.

This most recent contract action, announced June 16, exercises the contract options for the detail design and construction portions of the work and releases $1.15 billion as a first increment of payment.

Ship construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the ship should deliver in 2024, according to the HII news release.

Read the original article here…(news.usni.org)


Oliver Hazard Perry Class : Resurrection

US Navy is discussing the solutions for getting the goal of 355-ship fleet in the mid of 2020’s…

Studies are underway and putting 8 Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigates back into service is an another option said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson.

The last Perry left U.S. service in 2015 with the bulk of the class set aside for foreign military sale or dismantling.

Read the original article here (news.usni.org)

Pakistan; awarded OPV contract to Damen

The Pakistan Navy has ordered an Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) from the Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards on June 12, stated by the Pakistan Government.

OPV will have Full Load Displacement of 1900 Tons (approx), with overall length of 90 m and maximum speed of 22 knots.

OPV will be constracted at KSEW (Karachi Shipyards & Engineering Works)

Read the related official press release here…

Damen OPV 1800 :

Damen Shipyard OPV Family:


France; 1st Offshore Support and Assistance Vessel was launched

The first BSAH (Bâtiments de Soutien et d’Assistance Hauturiers – offshore support and assistance vessels in English) vessel for the French Navy.

The BSAH contract covers the design and construction of four ships of 70 meters in length with a full load displacement of about 2,600 tons. Two units are scheduled for delivery in 2018 while  2 vessel are expected to be delivered in 2019.

BSAH Missions
The diversity of the missions led Kership to propose a Supply Vessel with a towing capacity of 80 tons of traction, a navigation speed of 14 knots and a significant endurance of about 30 days without refueling or resuply operations. They will be equipped with an 8 meters boat, several RHIBs and a crane for loading and unloading containers. BSAH will be able to accommodate divers, to carry weapons and ammunitions, to support submarines and surface ships, to tow underwater antennas, as well as to deploy a pollution control dam.

Read the original article here (navyrecognition.com)