Italian ship San Giusto thought to be comparable to the ship Italy is preparing for Algeria. Photo U.S. Navy. Algeria presently has a 28 ship navy that performs both naval and coast guard type missions and is in the process of upgrading from Cold War era equipment and vessels.
"Jane’s is reporting about the launch of the Algerian Navy’s future flagship, the Kalaat Beni-Abbes (474) landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship. It recently entered the water for the first time at Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia, Italy. The LHD ship was built under the prime contractorship of Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, according to Jane’s (see Ottawa Citizen)
The 8,800-ton vessel is scheduled for handover to the Algerian Navy by September, but will remain in Italy for crew and maintenance staff training under the supervision of the Italian Navy, the magazine reports. The handover will be in the first quarter of 2015." For the full story click here: Ottawa Citizen
Editors note 2017 Handover confirmed and Algeria is set to purchase additional craft from Germany and other European sources. (See ALGERIAN NATIONAL NAVY )
THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE ALGERIAN NAVY
"The Algerian Navy has been on a buying frenzy in recent years, amassing a significant maritime force. In September 2014, representing the culmination of a longer term procurement project, Italy’s Orizzonte Sistemi Navali (OSN)delivered Algeria’s new flagship, an 8,800-tonne amphibious assault ship called the Kalaat Beni-Abbes. But newer projects than OSN’s are currently underway. A shipyard in Saint Petersburg, Russia is building two new Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines for Algeria, while two MEKO A200-class frigates, three F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigates, and two Tigr-class corvettes are being produced for service in the Algerian National Navy at shipyards ranging from Kiel to Karachi." Read the entire article at GIMSEC