Saturday, January 9, 2016

Two of Minerva Class OPV For Bangladesh Coast Guard Are 'Undergoing Sea Trials'

Two out of four Bangladesh Coast Guard's Minerva-class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) are seen under sea trials in Italy and expected to join the fleet this year 2016.
Photo: Bangladesh Defence
Fincantieri has been awarded the contract with the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) for the supply of four ex-Italian Navy “Minerva” class corvettes to be upgraded and converted into Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs), and to provide the related logistics support services. On 29 June the two units arrived at Fincantieri’s dock in Genoa, where the upgradation and conversion activities has been done and the task had finished at the naval shipyard in LaSpezia. Currently two of upgraded ships are following extensive sea trials after which the units will be handed over by Fincantieri to the Coast Guard of Bangladesh.
Fincantieri is already working to refurbish and modify the first two of four former Italian Navy corvettes that have been ordered by Bangladesh. The ships are being converted into Offshore Patrol Vehicles. (Fincantieri photo)


• BCGS Syed Nazrul - Pennant number: PL-71
• BCGS Tajuddin - Pennant number: PL-72

Bangladesh Coast Guard had placed an order for four off-the-shelf Minerva-class corvette of Italian Navy last year. After extensive refitting process those are converted to Offshore Patrol Vessel as per the needs of Bangladesh Coast Guard. These units are the decommissioned Italian Navy corvettes. These 4 large OPVs surely increase the operational capabilities of Bangladesh Coast Guard.

Ships Specifications:

Length:             87m
Displacement:  1300 tonnes
Beam:              10.5 m (34 ft)
Draught:           3.2–4.8 m (10–16 ft)
Propulsion:       2 Diesel Motor
                        GrandiMotori Trieste BM-230.20 DVM  
                        Output 11.000 hp (8.203 kW)
Speed:             25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range:            3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 18 knots
                       (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement:  7 officers, 113 men

Sensors and systems:

Radar: AA/ASu-Radar Selenia SPS-774 (RAN 10S) E/F Band 1 SMA SPS-728 Navigation radar
Sonar: Raytheon/Elsag DE-1167

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