Damen rolls out second Moroccan frigate

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Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has rolled out a second SIGMA (Ship Integrated Geometrical Modularity Approach) multi-mission frigate, pennant number 614, for the Royal Moroccan Navy. The 98m-long ship has been constructed entirely on land at the company’s yard at Vlissingen-East and is now ready, on schedule, to be completed at the Vlissingen-City shipyard.

Heavy lifting and transport company Mammoet Europe then moved the 1700 ton vessel from the assembly hall to a pontoon after which the ship was launched. The frigate was then be towed by tug boats to Vlissingen-City where it will be completed.

The Royal Moroccan Navy placed an order for three SIGMA frigates in April 2008. The contract includes one SIGMA 10513 ship of 105m length, with delivery after 44 months, and two SIGMA 9813 ships of 98m, delivery 50 and 56 months after signature, all with commonality in the systematic arrangement including a state of the art Tacticos combat management system with antisubmarine, surface warfare, air defence and electronic warfare capabilities. Electronic systems include a Smart-S Mk2 surveillance radar, a LIROD Mk2 tracking radar, a Thales Kingklip sonar system, an IFF system, an integrated communication system comprising external communication system and FOCON internal communication subsystem, two target designation sights, a VIGILE ESM system, a SCORPION ECM system and an integrated navigation system.

The shipyard notes the vessels will be fitted with a 76mm Oto Melara main gun, as well as MBDA Exocet surface-to-surface and MICA surface-to-air missile system, the latter using vertical launch.

The frigates will further have flight decks and hangar accommodation for a medium-sized helicopter and be fitted with Eurotorp torpedo launchers.

The first frigate, the 105m vessel, pennant number 613, was successfully launched in July 2010. None of the ships have yet been publicly named. The third frigate is set for launch this October.

Dimensions

SIGMA 9813

SIGMA 10513

Length over all

97.91 m

105.11 m

Breadth over all

13.02 m

13.02 m

Displacement

2100 tonnes

2300 tonnes

Accommodation

91

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In addition, Morocco has on order a French FREMM multipurpose frigate, scheduled for delivery next year. The current fleet includes two Floréal-class frigates and a Descubierta-class corvette in addition to some 21 patrol craft and a number of other ships and vessels. Four more patrol craft are also on order.