DISCOVER Magazine #7

Crossover: one ship – multiple roles

Published in category: Innovation

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has developed an innovative series of new naval vessels that offer large fleet capabilities to smaller navies. The CROSSOVER, or XO allows individual vessels to undertake a variety of roles, including armed intervention, humanitarian aid, anti-piracy response, maritime safety and security operations.

This inherent flexibility is derived from a central, multi-functional area, called the X-deck. This space is designed to accept a wide range of mission modules and equipment. Available to handle, store, operate and deploy mission equipment, it is supported by a range of deployment and access facilities such as a slipway, side hatches and davits. While the slipway allows the rapid launch of a range of small craft, the access doors permit both roll-on roll-off and crane loading of cargo and vehicles.

DSNS offers six, pre-designed, customised versions of the XO, ranging from 4,500 to 5,600 tonnes, each of which comes with the necessary preselected command, control, communications and combat systems. A combination of naval and commercial standards delivers full combat capability yet low operating costs.

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