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Maritime Propulsion

April 18, 2024

Damen Naval to Equip ASW Frigates with Kongsberg’s Propellers

Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) frigate (Credit: Damen)

Damen Naval has selected Kongsberg Maritime Sweden to deliver controllable pitch propellers and shaft lines for the four Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) frigates for the Netherlands and Belgium.

As part of this contract, Kongsberg will supply four shipsets of its controllable pitch propeller systems and associated equipment including blades, hubcaps, hubs, and shaft lines.

The four ASW frigates will replace the current Karel Doorman-class multi-purpose frigates. They will be deployed for a wide variety of tasks, with anti-submarine warfare as their main purpose. The ships will have hybrid diesel-electric propulsion and will be designed to operate as quietly as possible.

This is the second collaboration between Damen Naval and Kongsberg Maritime in the past 18 months. It follows a similar contract signed by the companies in September 2022 for the German Navy’s F126 frigates.

“It is great news to have Kongsberg Maritime involved in the ASW- frigate project as well. We have a long-standing relationship with the company, and it is a good example of the excellent co-operation that exists between the Dutch and Swedish naval shipbuilding industries,” said Richard Keulen, Damen Naval’s Director Corporate Strategy and Innovation.

“The propulsion system for the new frigates has been optimized to match the customers’ strict mission requirements, particularly for noise signature, which is a crucial factor in anti-submarine warfare operations,” added Björn ten Eicken, Kongsberg Maritime’s Vice President – Naval.

The ASW-frigate project is being carried out in close cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Defense, with some of the work to be carried out by the ministry itself. The hulls will be built in Romania and then shipped to Vlissingen for further completion.

Damen Naval is expected to deliver the first ship in 2028.