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First SIGMA-class frigate successfully completes sea trials

A SIGMA class frigate built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS).

VLISSINGEN (BNS): DSNS has successfully completed the sea acceptance trials of the first Multi Mission Frigate for the Royal Moroccan Navy, the company announced Monday.

During the sea acceptance trials (SAT), a very intensive programme was carried out in which the platform as well as the sensor weapons and communications suite was extensively tested.

The tests were performed by representatives of the yard in close cooperation with representatives, the Royal Moroccan Navy and the Royal Netherlands Navy.

“The sea keeping capabilities and the maneuverability of the ship proved to be very good and the performances of the combat system were excellent. A result where everybody involved in the preparation and the execution of the sea trials could be proud of,” the commanding officer, Captain RNLN Jilles Goedknegt said.

The second frigate of 98 mtrs is scheduled for sea trials at the end of 2011.

DSNS is also constructing the third frigate (98 mtrs) at the Damen yard in Vlissingen. The ship will be launched in September this year.

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