The Royal Moroccan Navy’s high-tech frigate Tarik Ben Ziyad has returned to the Damen Shipyards Group for its first routine dry-docking after three years of operation. The SIGMA multi-mission frigate 10513 – built at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) in the Netherlands – arrived at Damen Shiprepair Brest in France on 24 October for a maintenance programme of approximately 30 days.André Hollander, General Affairs Officer at Damen Shiprepair Brest, said:As the Original Equipment Manufacturer, we’re very proud to welcome back the Royal Moroccan Navy to Damen for Tarik Ben Ziyad’s first scheduled docking outside the warranty period.The Captain told us that the Royal Moroccan Navy has had more days at sea over the last three years than planned with this multi-mission frigate. The Navy has been absolutely satisfied with the performance of the state-of-the art vessel, doing exactly what it was designed and built for.Tarik Ben Ziyad is the first of three SIGMA-class frigates that DSNS has built for the Royal Moroccan Navy. The frigates are equipped to conduct traditional naval tasks and maritime security operations as well as support humanitarian aid operations.John van Maastricht, Tender Manager Offshore/Naval & Conversion at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said:This scheduled dry-docking is also a valuable opportunity to gain operational feedback on Damen’s high-tech naval products.We use that experience to develop new innovations for the SIGMA-class series.Damen’s SIGMA Naval Combatants concept is entirely flexible and can accommodate specific customer platform and combat system requirements. SIGMA vessels are designed in a modular way, using standardised solutions with commercial off-the-shelf equipment where possible, enhanced by military standards where needed. Modules for a ship can be built in different locations around the world, depending on locally available manpower, skills and facilities.[mappress mapid=”14349″]Press release, Image: DAMEN View post tag: europe View post tag: Frigate View post tag: Moroccan View post tag: first November 6, 2014 View post tag: Dry-Docking Back to overview,Home naval-today Moroccan Frigate Returns to Damen for First Routine Dry-Docking View post tag: Returns View post tag: Naval View post tag: Damen View post tag: Routine Moroccan Frigate Returns to Damen for First Routine Dry-Docking View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Navy Share this article
Governor Peter Shumlin today applauded a decision by Wal-Mart to abandon plans to build a new store in Virginia on the site of a Civil War battlefield where there were more than 1,200 Vermont casualties and nearly 400 lost their lives in one of the bloodiest battles of that war. Walmart said today that it would abandon that location 60 miles from Washington, DC, and seek another location. A civil case on the matter was scheduled to go to court Thursday.‘Vermont paid a terrible toll on that site on May 5 and 6, 1864, losing so many of our young men in the Battle of the Wilderness,’ the Governor said. ‘Our brave soldiers gave their lives to keep the country together and end slavery. It would have been an awful loss to have that battlefield covered in the shadow of a Walmart store.’The store would have been located near a monument donated by the state and the land on which the 1st Vermont Brigade fought. Remnants of their entrenchment can still be seen at the site.‘There are almost certainly Vermonters buried there,’ the Governor said. That two-day battle is now viewed as the beginning of the end for the Confederate Army.Former US Senator James Jeffords secured an appropriation from Congress to buy the land on which the Vermonters fought ‘ near the site of the proposed Walmart. The 2009 Legislature passed a joint resolution calling for Walmart to relocate the planned store to a more appropriate site.