VLISSINGEN, Netherlands, June 13 (UPI)
Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding reports the keel has been laid for a new joint support ship for the Dutch navy.
The JSS, designed to operate both in the lower and higher levels of the force spectrum, will measures 673 feet in length and 98 feet in breadth.
The vessel accommodates a crew of 180 sailors as well as 120 non-listed people, such as helicopter crews and medical teams.
The company says the vessel features a helicopter deck that can handle two Chinooks simultaneously and a hangar with a storage capacity six helicopters; facilities for loading and unloading operations of materiel and goods in harbors, near the shore or at open or at sea; two Replenishment-At-Sea masts; an elevator and crane for up to 40 tons; a roll on/roll off facility for vehicles; and a steel beach stern construction for accommodating cargo transfer via landing craft.
Weaponry includes two Goalkeepers, two 30mm automatic guns, and four automatic medium caliber gun systems.
To reduce the vulnerability, the vessel will be outfitted with signature reduction measures, ballistic protection, blast resistant constructions, redundant, shock resistant and decentralized systems, a gas citadel and extensive fire fighting systems.
Construction will take place at Damen Shipyard Galatz, while final systems outfitting, commissioning and testing of the vessel will take place at DSNS in Vlissingen.