Rolls-Royce wins contract to supply propulsion package for new Patrol Vessel for Malta

March 6, 2019 – Rolls-Royce has secured a contract with Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria for the supply of a marine propulsion package to a new Offshore Patrol Vessel under construction for the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). The 1800ton displacement, 74.8 meter, twin-screw vessel will feature a Rolls-Royce scope of supply that includes a pair of PROMAS controllable pitch propellers and rudders, SC722 FCP steering gear, a TT1300 bow thruster, a TT100 stern thruster, Fin Stabilisers, and a touch-screen remote control system that incorporates the novel CanMan Touch Joystick…

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Malta Orders OPV in Italy

January 17, 2019 – On Wednesday 16th January 2019, the Armed Forces of Malta have marked another important milestone and goal of enhancing and modernising the Force. The project of an additional and more capable Offshore Patrol Vessel was launched in 2015, and has since then started to take shape. The contract was awarded to Cantiere Navale Vittoria on the 10th of October 2018. Construction is planned to begin in the first Quarter of 2019 and delivery of the OPV is planned for the second half of 2020. In a…

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Arleigh Burke Arrives In Malta

The visit reaffirms U.S.-Malta relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. “We are honored and excited to visit this beautiful nation,” said Cmdr. Errol Robinson, commanding officer of Arleigh Burke. “Our crew looks forward to this port visit and the relationships we expect to forge. These types of engagements solidify relations among the United States, our allies and partners, as we work toward the mutual goal of peace, prosperity and maritime stability in the Mediterranean.” During the port call, Sailors will take part…

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Mount Whitney Visits Malta

USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Valletta, Malta, Jan. 19, 2018, for a scheduled port visit. The visit served to enhance U.S.-Malta relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous European region.  While in Valletta, Mount Whitney will provide ship tours and host a reception aboard the ship.  “The Sailors and civilian mariners of Mount Whitney are thrilled to renew our long standing relationship with Malta,” said Captain Kavon Hakimzadeh, commanding officer of Mount Whitney. “The rich history and cultural attractions of this Mediterranean…

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Fincantieri Completes Refit of AFM 61

Fincantieri delivered Offshore Patrol Vessel P61 to the Armed Forces of Malta, following upgrading activities carried out at the Group’s drydocking facility within the Port of Genoa. The aim of the works, which lasted about 6 months, was to improve the reaction capability of the vessel. The upgrade included the installation of a new main propulsion plant, other machinery and equipment as well as the overhaul of most of the ship’s on board systems. Offshore Patrol Vessel P61 is over 53 meters long and was built and delivered by Fincantieri’s…

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5 + 5 Group of Navies Terrorism Drills

Google Translation The 5 + 5 group comprises the Mauritanian, Moroccan, Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian Maghreb countries, and the Mediterranean basin countries, including Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Malta. In the annual exercise of 5 + 5, there are marine and air assets from Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco and several international observers. the Navy and the Air Force of those countries. Portugal will participate with the Portuguese Republic Vessel (NRP) Viana do Castelo. The exercise covers scenarios of maritime terrorism and irregular migration flows from climate change. Provision…

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