Damen Naval has chosen ABB to supply its Onboard DC Grid integrated power and distribution system to its new anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates.
The shipbuilder is building four frigates, two for the Royal Netherlands Navy and two for the Belgian Navy. The first ASW frigate is expected to be delivered by Damen Naval in 2028.
The ASW frigates will replace the current generation of Karel Doorman-class multipurpose frigates and can be deployed for multiple tasks. The emphasis will be on anti-submarine warfare, and they will be designed to sail as quietly as possible to avoid detection by submarines as much as possible.
According to the partners, ABB’s Onboard DC Grid is a versatile and flexible electrical distribution system. For the ASW frigates, the system will include energy storage, transformers, motors and generators, and enable reduced emissions and an increased operational range. The system has been ruggedized for naval operations in harsh environments and conditions.
“It is a testament to the positive cooperation between our two companies and the quality of their systems that we have now also signed an agreement for the ASW project,” explained Joop Noordijk, ASW frigates project director at Damen Naval. “ABB’s Onboard DC Grid provides the operational efficiency and sustainability that the Dutch and Belgian navies demand from their new frigates.”
“Securing a second order with Damen Naval is a clear indicator that the shipyard – and the naval market in general – has full confidence in the ability of Onboard DC Grid to facilitate the highly demanding operations of military vessels,” said Sindre Satre, business line manager of ABB coast guard and navy. “ABB is uniquely positioned to support navies in their efforts to enhance the operational performance and reduce the environmental impact of their ships in line with the requirements of the IMO.”
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