Damen Signs Navy Contract
Recently, a contract was signed between the Royal Netherlands Navy and Damen Shipyards Gorinchem for the design and construction of a Logistic Support Vessel (LSV) following a tender procedure. The 65 m Support Vessel will be based in the Caribbean and will be deployed for the transport of equipment and personnel, mainly within the Netherlands Antilles. Propulsion will be provided by twin diesel engines driving fixed pitch propellers for a top speed in excess of 14 knots. The new vessel will replace the current vessel, the HM Pelikaan and is expected to be delivered in May 2006.