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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

First of 5 New Croatian Coast Guard Patrol Ships Launched In Split







Artist's rendering of the Croatian Navy Coast Guard service's new 43 meter IPV (inshore patrol vessel) after put into full operational service in a few months. They will be larger size and be outfitted with more modern capabilities than the current fleet of patrol boats. Altogether 5 IPV ships will be put into service in the next few years.





I might as well finish this topic since I breifly touched upon it HERE when the contract was first officially signed. I've never been in the navy or have any plans to join the navy, but this is good news for freedom, progress and civilization as well as security and the Croatian Navy, (Croatian: Hrvatska Ratna Mornarica) and they're also world exclussive pics just like my last few posts.

It sure won't hurt having an extra 5 armed patrol ships floating around up and down the Croatian coast for when needed I say. Perhaps a boring topic to some, but to others when unexpected shit hits the fan in this day and age, (just watch your daily news for more about that), then I'm sure they'll have no complaints seeing these armed harbringers of glorious floating freedom and security nearby. (because no amount of praying will save anyone from the vortex of subversives or riff-raff galavanting to and fro causing various subversive havocs, civilizational wars and worse, praying or crying or whining won't do a fucking thing to stop anything but these Croatian Coast Guard patrol ships definitely will, and maybe just Batman as the exception. (that's a fact, you can save the praying for the sick kids, for extra toppings on your ice-cream, to win the lottery or your sports team, but for the summer coastal activities and general safety it makes much more sense to just pray the Croatian Coast Guard ship will have enough ammo to save you). The Croatian Ministry of Interior Border Police also recently acquired another Saab CoastWatch Surveillance Network System to enhance surveillance and border protection, which probably won't hurt either.

This will also be the first Croatian Navy ship built in Croatia in 16 years, since the Kralj Dmitar Zvonimir missile boat (RTOP-12) was put into service in 2001. (not because we weren't capable of building the ships but because they were already building vessels for foreign contracts, and because some cheaper good deal options were too good to pass up, namely a few Helsinki-class missile boats from Finland being put into service in 2009 as part of an off-set deal for the previous Croatian purchase of 126 Patria AMV vehicles). And although a number of Croatian made Police patrol boats have also been put into service since, those aren't classified as actual Croatian Navy ships, they might however still assist the Croatian Coast Guard if needed for fighting terrorism, modern day pirates, human trafficking, various contraband and illegal bootleg Culture Club cd smuggling, maritime search and rescue, protection of ecology, fishing, maritime traffic control, giving directions and handing out compasses, coupons etc. These new ships will of course also assist in protecting the coastal Croatian cafes, patios, bars, pubs and markets, as well as probably Nato and European Union Force commitments, missions and exercises if and when needed. (they may even assist in helping save the dolphins). According to Croatian Navy top brass an additional 10 Coast Guard patrol vessels might be planned in the near future.

I touched upon Croatia's long naval and shipbuilding history in a few posts before, (those links are below), Croatia's current shipbuilding sector slowed down a little after the world economic crisis a few years ago, but recently it has been steadily growing and getting back to previous production numbers. (Which all makes sense, being that Croatian shipbuilding history actually goes back through the centuries to the early middle ages and it's not just something recent. The history of the Croatian Navy also goes back to the same times to at least the 8th century, that's another topic I touched upon at croatian-navy-25th-anniversary and added an excerpt of at the bottom)

Brodogradilište Split, aka Brodosplit shipyards, is based in the city of Split, (obviously) has already for years been building super-large container ships, ferries, passenger ships, oil tankers, (example) as well as the Croatian Navy warships/police boats mentioned earlier and other marine transport vehicles, but this shows that Croatian shipyards can still make top notch quality fast response Croatian Navy/military ships today. There is also the city of Pula based Tehnomont Brodogradilište which also makes large ships and boats for export, especially lately for the Croatian Coast Guard and the Police Patrol Boats mentioned. (Interestingly Brodosplit even won a contract last year to complete the ‘Save Venice From Flooding’ Project, a system including 63 huge steel gates and one of the biggest construction projects in Italian history, they're practically saving Venice basically, how's that for interesting? (you know, Venice like that gondola guy on those Ragu spaghetti sauce labels, that's in Venice and not just some guy on a boat many people don't realize). The gates will also thwart any future shore landing attempts by Ra's al Ghul and his minions if necessary, intelligence reports last year reported his dastardly plan is to transfer the entire populations of Egypt, Libya, Algeria and the whole Middle East into Italy and Greece by 2030 before then taking over North America, China and Japan, he's just plain diabolically evil that guy)

3Maj shipyards (Treći Maj Brodogradilište) in the city of Rijeka is another one that has a long history of building all kinds of large ships, oil tankers, container ships, ferries, passenger ships and not just oyster, lobster/crab and shrimp catching boats or just those river rafts like some people think (example). The first docks were erected in 1892 at first as an affiliate to the German Howaldtswerke from Kiel. 3Maj was recently incorporated into Uljanik shipyards which are based in the town of Pula. This saved a lot of jobs and costs and combined their shipbuilding know how technologies, streamlining operations to make a more efficient and productive shipbuilding company. Case in point, Uljanik Group shipyards was chosen to make the Katina luxury yacht and the Scenic Eclipse super-luxury passenger yacht not that long ago.

I also found out that not long ago this same Uljanik Group shipyard signed a contract to build three 740 foot Seaway Max self-unloading bulk freighters for the Algoma Central Corporation shipping company in Ontario, more on that at www.sootoday.com and worldmaritimenews.com. Good news for Croatian shipbuilding again as well as their customers world-wide, Croatian shipbuilding saving jobs and lives and even saving Venice while making the world a progressive and better less absurd place, and top notch pastries too.

I might as well add that in the very near future a final decision will be made regarding the acquisition of new jet fighter aircraft also, as the current fleet of MiG's will soon be permanently decommisioned and there will be no further MiG's purchased again. (the Mil Mi-17 helicopter fleet will also be completely replaced in the near future and Croatian manufactured weaponry and equipment in service has already been made according to interoperability standards among Nato’s forces for some time, Soviet-era produced fighter jets and any weaponry/equipment in general has been in the process of being phased out completely and will be armed mainly instead by domestic and other European and Nato member suppliers, similarly to case of other former communist Nato member nations such as Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria). I have some behind the scenes scoops about which jets will be purchased but that's all I'm saying, just that over the last while the options rumoured as a replacement fleet have been the Saab Gripen, F-16, Eurofighter Typhoon, French Mirage, the Israeli Kfir and most recently even the Korean Aerospace Industries/Lockheed Martin developed FA-50 as a possibility. (actually the only country on the whole continent that is instead relying more heavily and almost exclusively on Soviet era and non-Nato Russian MiGs and other weaponry is Serbia, which as usual has vowed to never join Nato or become a European country but instead will be a part of Gaddafi's Libya, which probably won't help the preventative measures that the Coast Guard Patrol ships were built for in the first place, it's for this and various other reasons I've shown before that are reasons enough for them to never even be considered as a future member anyway, unless Nato wants their top secret government/military secrets being sold). Croatia will now probably also have to include air policing duties over Montenegro (who voted for independence soon after the failed final 3rd version Yugoslavia of 1992-2003), as part of the Nato Supreme Allied Command Europe collective defence mission to safeguard the integrity of Nato Alliance member’s airspace and borders, and other European Union Common Security and Defence Policy initiatives. (as well as the Central European Nations Cooperation on Peacekeeping (CENCOOP) and Central European Defence Co-operation (C.E.D.C.), together with Austria, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland). Croatia also very recently pledged to send troops to Poland and Lithuania later this year as part of Nato's "Enhanced Forward Presence" mission but already have troops there now doing exercises, that's on top of other UN missions they're currently part of but these are other topics for some other day though.

I'll be back soon with my usual weekly carpool karaoke video analysis and commentary, my predictions about how many foreign workers will die building stadiums for the beautiful game before the 2022 World Cup starts, (I predict between 3,978 and 4,011), as well as my point by point proofs that Adblock and the television remote control channel skip option are probably the greatest inventions ever of all time in the history of the world and beyond. Most of the particulars are below with a few sneak peak photos...



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Source: www.morh.hr



The prototype of the inshore patrol vessel for the Croatian Coast Guard was launched in the construction hall of the shipyard Brodosplit in Split on 3 June 2017.

The launching was attended by the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, General  Mirko Šundov and State Secretary for Defence Zdravko Jakop.

The launching completed the phase of the equipment of the vessel on the slipway and  kicks off the phase of offshore equipment of the vessel, to last for two months, which will be followed by the testing of the vessel in the port and in navigation, monitored by the Ministry of Defence and the Croatian Register of Shipping.

Following the delivery of the vessel to the Croatian Navy, it will undergo special prototype tests conducted under worst weather conditions in the Adriatic Sea (to test the navigability and suitability of technical solutions and prototype characteristics).

The completion of the testing is expected by late 2017, when the vessel will be officially named and delivered to the Navy.






Artist's rendering of the Croatian Navy Coast Guard service's new 43 meter IPV (inshore patrol vessel) after put into full operational service in a few months. They will be larger size and be outfitted with more modern capabilities than the current fleet of patrol boats. Altogether 5 IPV ships will be put into service in the next few years.





Source: navaltoday.com


Croatia launched its first inshore patrol vessel in the construction hall of the Brodosplit shipyard in Split on June 3.

This is the first of a planned five patrol vessels that will be built for the Croatian Coast Guard under a HRK 385,4 million (approx. US$58.5m) contract signed between the Croatian ministry of defense and Brodosplit in December 2014.

The keel for the 43,5-meter vessel was laid in September 2015.

The June 3 launching ceremony was attended by the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, General Mirko Šundov and State Secretary for Defence Zdravko Jakop.

It will take another two months of outfitting before the vessel is ready to start its builder’s trials. Once underway, in-port and navigation tests will be monitored by the Ministry of Defence and the Croatian Register of Shipping.

Following the delivery of the vessel to the Croatian Navy, it will undergo special prototype tests in the Adriatic Sea (to test the navigability and suitability of technical solutions and prototype characteristics).

The completion of the testing is expected by late 2017, when the vessel will be officially named and delivered to the Navy.

According to Brodosplit, the vessel will be equipped with a 30mm automatic cannon, two 12,7mm machine guns and four man-portable air-defense systems. Crewed by 14 sailors, it will be capable of reaching speeds of 28 knots and staying at sea for 10 days. It will also carry a rigid hull inflatable boat that will accommodate 6 crew.





Artist's rendering of the Croatian Navy Coast Guard service's new 43 meter IPV (inshore patrol vessel) after put into full operational service in a few months. They will be larger size and be outfitted with more modern capabilities than the current fleet of patrol boats. Altogether 5 IPV ships will be put into service in the next few years.




Images are in no particular order.






Footage from the launching courtesy of dnevnik.hr.

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Like I said, interestingly for those not in the know, and since already on the topic of ships, sailors and the Adriatic sea, I should briefly highlight again with an excerpt about the early Croatian Navy and coastal maritime activities and history that extends from well before the 21st century...




Movie screenshots from "Croatian Kings" (Hrvatski Kraljevi), a Croatian Television (HRT) produced 7-part documentary series viewed by millions and broadcast to over 30 countries by the Swedish "History Channel" on the Viasat World satellite television network. More information at www.momentum-studio.com and viasat-history-channel-to-broadcast-documentary.




...From the time of the Croatian King Petar Krešimir IV around 1066 the Croatian Navy was still an integral part of the overall Croatian military forces and might, during King Petar Krešimir's reign there was a duke Rusin mentioned who assisted with the coordination and activities of the Croatian Navy, some other local dukes and admirals before and after from 835 to 1089 were Družac, Božidar, Berigoj, Jakov, and the fact that the very title of Duke could be borne only by governmental dignitaries and bestowed by the King is proof of the navy importance. In 1069, when he donated the island of Maun to the city of Zadar, in the surviving royal charter document King Krešimir did not fail to point out that ancient Dalmatia was rightfully part of the Croatian Kingdom and that it was "...our own island that lies on our Dalmatian sea...". (Latin: nostram propriam insulam in nostro Dalmatico mari sitam) ie: the eastern Adriatic of the Croatian Kingdom, even the Byzantine empire recognized him, along with his maritime naval fleet, as the supreme ruler of the coastal areas and eastern Adriatic Sea. However well before this and already from the year 642 the early Croats are recorded by the Longobard historian Paul the Deacon as having many ships at the city of Siponto across the Adriatic Sea. The same sources speak about Croats as successful ship builders. At the time of Duke Vladislav (821- 835) sources mention a strong navy. Thanks to the Croatian maritime power of Duke Mislav (835-845), he signed a treaty with Pietro Tradonico, Doge of the Venetian Republic in 839, which led to the further growth of Croatian sea power and control of the eastern Adriatic. During the rule of Duke Trpimir (845-864) Croats broke through to Furlania and in front of Venice itself. In 871 as an ally of the Frankish Carolingian Emperor and King of Italy Louis II, the Croatian Navy under Duke Domagoj distinguished itself in the liberation of Bari, Taranto and southern Italy from the Arab Saracens occupation. Interestingly, during the reign of Duke Branimir (879-892) the Venetians were defeated and were even obligated to pay tribute to the Croatians for the freedom of sailing on the eastern Adriatic, the taxes ensured a safe passage preventing attacks or conflict from the Croatian ships, (so besides being independent of not only the Frankish Empire but also the Byzantine Empire and Venice as well, then it also shows that a well organized under command royal maritime naval force existed). In the work of the domestic and foreign policy manual De Administrando Imperio by eastern Roman Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus VII from circa. the year 950, he wrote that after King Tomislav secured peace with the Bulgarian Empire who bordered the Croatian Kingdom to the east, and the Frankish Empire to our west, we had a military of 60,000 cavalry, 100,000 foot soldiers as well as 80 galleys (larger ships with 40 sailors) and 100 cutters (konduras - smaller ships with 10 to 20 sailors), not counting the oarsmen this would then amount to over 5000 sailors...






...Later during the times of Croatian Kings Michael Krešimir II (reign 949-969) and Stephen Držislav (reign 969–997) as well as their powerful Bans/Viceroys Pribina and Godemir, Croatian Navy ships were victorious when in conflict with the fleets of Saracens and Muslim Arabs attempting to cross and invade from the Italian peninsula of Gargano in 968-969. A number of Croatian Navy conflicts during these centuries successfully repelled Muslim Saracen and Moorish pirate raids arriving from Italy whose primary aim was to attempt to carry off women and children as sex slaves. Later the era of King Stjepan Držislav (969-996) was also marked with successful maritime trade and safekeeping of maritime routes and domination of Croatia on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. King Stephen I Krešimirović (988-1058) is known in sources for solidifying the Croatian Kingdom domains of the formerly named Pannonia and Dalmatia, but also for strengthening the military and especially ensuring the coastal defence and rule with the aid of his Croatian Navy fleet, with trade and commerce flourishing afterwards. Later in 1084, when the Normans under Robert Guiscard Duke of Apulia and Calabria conquered southern Italy and Sicily, he invaded the Adriatic Sea and western Balkan provinces of the Byzantine empire, and King Dmitar Zvonimir (1074-1089) even helped by sending troops as well as ships from the Croatian fleet to his aid. It is even precisely for these reasons that the medieval Croatian Kings with their royal courts, Viceroys/Bans and many of their nobility kept their seats and official royal residences near the strategic coastal areas, to much easier personally oversee and direct their maritime fleets. (Nin, Šibenik, Zadar, Biograd, Split, Klis, Knin, Trogir, Solin, Kaštela etc). Without getting into the maritime tradition and history including Dubrovnik, events after union with Hungary and the Habsburg Empire, the thousands of Croat sailors who took part in the epic historic Battle of Leponto defeating the Ottoman Empire fleet etc, these are just a few examples of the early Croatian Navy presence and maritime naval history from well over a thousand years ago. Basically in a nutshell, like I said at a previous croatian-navy-25th-anniversary post, the Croatian Navy and maritime tradition and history is then actually much, much longer than just 25 years, which is good to know.



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