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    In case you missed it in FAQ. This is what the navy are referring to as P61(though it looks more like an A/P 61 to me)

    Main characteristics ship platform:
    Length, overall 121.00 m
    Length, DWL 109.00 m
    Beam 17.00 m
    Draught 4.40 m
    Displacement 3,900 t
    Range 8,000 nm
    Endurance 30 days

    Propulsion:
    2 high-speed diesel engines 5,200 kW each
    2 shafts fitted with controllable pitch propellers
    Max. speed > 22 kn

    Crew:
    Total 150 + 10

    Helicopter:
    optional

    The MEKO® 200 MRV is designed according to the same rules and principles as applied to the MEKO® 100 OPV. lt has been designed as a long range, high endurance cutter with the enhanced flexibility to operate as a true Multi-Role Vessel "MRV" with additional mission capabilities. As a larger vessel, the MEKO® 200 MRV obviously outperforms the MEKO® 100 OPV having more space for more equipment and personnel.

    Furthermore its has:

    -Superior seakeeping characteristics
    -a significantly longer range and endurance of above 8000 nm run 30 days
    -higher availability for longer operations on the high seas
    -larger boarding party capacities due to:
    -Two 30 knots / eight person RIBs
    -An additional nine meter 25 knot long range inspection/ rescue boat equipped with the appropriate communication systems, which can be launched and hoisted up to SS5
    -On deck space and stowage for oceanographic/ hydrographic/ environmental equipment containers
    -on deck stowage of wheeled equipment with the following advantages:
    -all equipment can remain fully fuelled and ammunitioned ready for immediate action upon arrival
    -less fire and explosion hazards below deck
    -no necessity for explosion proof ventilation in covered cargo decks
    -vehicle weapons can be deployed as additional defence guns
    -On deck stowage and operation of:
    -Remote controlled minesweeper/ minelaying equipment
    -UAVs and UUVs
    -Accurate dynamic positioning without heading (two CPPs, bow thruster, two independently controllable rudders)
    -Heavy lifting 20-tonne gear/18 meter reach crane
    -Larger training facilities for up to 150 cadets with large briefing and lecture rooms,Practical demonstration of shipboard gear for trainees
    -On-board medical training in the ship's hospital

    Multi-Role missions for the MEKO® 200 MRV can be classed into the following tasks with overlapping and interfacing components: Peace Keeping and Sealift, Disaster Relief and Evacuation.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

  • #2
    Looks like it would be a big advantage for oversea's deployments
    It is only by contemplation of the incompetent that we can appreciate the difficulties and accomplishments of the competent.

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    • #3
      Goldie,

      How firm is this and what's the timeframe for contract and delivery. I'm a firm supporter considering all the the various alternatives to meet a critical requirement. Get this capability at sea ASAP! Next is airlift.

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      • #4
        In a word WOW!!

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        • #5
          This is the proposal that the Naval service will be presenting to the Dept of Defence and Dept of Finance for approval. Nothing has been signed yet, but Emer will be replaced (as mentioned elsewhere) in 2007.


          Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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          • #6
            Again, that would improve overseas deployments BIG TIME!!
            Theirs not to make reply,
            Theirs not to reason why,
            Theirs but to do and die:
            Into the valley of Death
            Rode the six hundred.

            The Charge of the Light Brigade

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            • #7
              This is the proposal that the Naval service will be presenting to the Dept of Defence and Dept of Finance for approval.
              Goldie, so how does that process generally work?

              "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."


              Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor (161 to 180 A.D.)

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              • #8
                Remember in Oliver Twist when Oliver asked the man for more gruel.

                The man with the ladel is the minister for Finance
                The pot of gruel is the funds the government has to dish out.

                And starring Willie O'Dea as Oliver Twist

                "Please Sir, can I have some more"?

                It is only by contemplation of the incompetent that we can appreciate the difficulties and accomplishments of the competent.

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                • #9
                  Remember in Oliver Twist when Oliver asked the man for more gruel.
                  That man would be Bumble, the beadle.


                  Bam Bam, Oliver Twist did have a happy ending, he collected his inheritance. Let's just hope then that the Minister for Finance turns out to be like the kindly Mr Brownlow who adopted Oliver. :tri:
                  Last edited by lordinajamjar; 29 August 2005, 08:12.

                  "When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."


                  Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor (161 to 180 A.D.)

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                  • #10
                    It would be a nice election boast. Few governments could say the Naval service got three new ships during their term...


                    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Goldie fish
                      It would be a nice election boast. Few governments could say the Naval service got three new ships during their term...
                      That's right. Because every Irish citizen weighs defence of the nation very highly when casting their ballots....
                      Meh.

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                      • #12
                        Michael Smith got plenty of speeches/mileage out of the first 2...


                        Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Goldie fish
                          Michael Smith got plenty of speeches/mileage out of the first 2...
                          Maybe, but did it do him (or his party) any good?

                          Would these be the same 2 that were launched every year for 3 years?
                          Meh.

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                          • #14
                            Yes.

                            Well they were re elected....


                            Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Goldie fish
                              Yes.

                              Well they were re elected....
                              True, but realistically was this a deciding factor?
                              Meh.

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