• Short Summary

    A NEW CORVETTE, BUILT IN BRITAIN FOR THE GHANAIAN NAVY, HAS JUST COMPLETED HER SEA TRIALS.

  • Description

    A NEW CORVETTE, BUILT IN BRITAIN FOR THE GHANAIAN NAVY, HAS JUST COMPLETED HER SEA TRIALS. SHE IS DUE TO BE COMMISSIONED ON JULY 29, IN A CEREMONY AT PORTSMOUTH AND WILL BE HANDED OVER THE NEXT DAY.

    THE CORVETTE, SHOWN ON FILM DURING HER TRIALS, HAS BEEN DESIGNED PARTICULARLY FOR THE SMALLER AND DEVELOPING NAVIES IN THE WORLD, WHICH REQUIRE EFFICIENT AND SEAWORTHY SHIPS, WITH UP-TO-DATE EQUIPMENT, BUT DO NOT AT PRESENT WISH TO SUPPORT LARGER NAVAL UNITS.

    THE NEW CORVETTE, THE "KROMANTSE", IS A 440 TONS DISPLACEMENT, AND IS POWERED BY TWO BRISTOL SIDDELEY DIESEL ENGINES WHICH GIVE A MAXIMUM SPEED OF 20 KNOTS.

    THE ARMAMENTS CARRIED ON THE CORVETTE ARE ONE 4 INCH GUN FORWARD, AND ONE 40MM BOFORS GUN AFT. IT ALSO CARRIES ANTI-SUBMARINE MORTAR AND SONAR DETECTION EQUIPMENT. MODERN AIR AND SURFACE RADAR EQUIPMENT IS FITTED, AND A LARGE OPERATIONS ROOM PERMITS ACCURATE PLOTTING AND CONTROL.

    TO REDUCE OVERALL WEIGHT, THE HULL IS OF WELDED MILO STEEL, AND THE SUPERSTRUCTURE AND PARTITION BULKHEADS ARE OF ALUMINUM.

    THE USE OF NEW BUILDING TECHNIQUES HAVE ENABLED THE SHIP TO BE COMPLETED, FITTED OUT AND HANDED OVER TO THE GHANA NAVY ONLY TWO YEARS AFTER THE BUILDING CONTRACT HAD BEEN SIGNED.

    THIS SHIP IS THE FIRST OF ITS CLASS. THE FULL COMPLEMENT REQUIRED TO OPERATE THE SHIP AT MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY, IS ONLY 50 OFFICERS AND MEN. THE SHIP CAN BE FITTED FOR ATOMIC, BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL DEFENCE. ALL LIVING SPACES, MAIN CONTROL ROOMS AND THE WHEEL HOUSE ARE CAPABLE OF BEING SHUT DOWN, AND PROVISION IS MADE FOR FITTING FILTRATION UNITS. THERE ARE TWO DE-CONTAMINATION COMPARTMENTS, AND THE EXTERIOR OF THE SHIP CAN BE WASHED DOWN CONTINUOUSLY WITH SEA WATER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA96QO2YMM5AAUOUJD79DAWV58K
    Media URN:
    VLVA96QO2YMM5AAUOUJD79DAWV58K
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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