Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) has signed a contract with Facet Netherlands for supplying the helicopter refuelling system for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) Combat Support Ship (CSS). Almere-based Facet will deliver the equipment in the second half of 2021.
Facet is specialised in providing filtration solutions for various industries such as marine, energy, aviation, environmental and heavy equipment. Damen’s cooperation with Facet Netherlands began in 2004, when DSNS contracted the company for the supply of the oily bilge separator and the aviation refuelling system for the Diponegoro (Sigma 9113) class corvettes delivered to the Indonesian Navy. Since then, Facet has collaborated with DSNS on numerous projects, such as all SIGMA combatants for the export market (the Sigma Class FMMM frigates delivered to the Royal Moroccan Navy, the Martadinata class frigates for the Indonesian Navy and the F101 Benito Juárez for the Mexican Navy), the RNLN’s Ocean-Going Patrol Vessels of the Holland class, the RNLN Joint Support Ship Karel Doorman and the Australian Antarctic Supply Research Vessel RSV Nuyina for the Australian Antarctic Division.
Since the first joint project for the Indonesian Navy in 2004, Facet has gained experience with various challenges characteristic of working on naval projects. This, and their accumulated experience with other navies, has ensured that Facet is a reliable partner able to successfully complete a naval project like the RNLN Combat Support Ship.
In the last several weeks, more contracts have been signed with Dutch companies for the CSS, amongst which Papendrecht-based All Pumps Holland that will deliver the ejectors of the CSS. This brings the number of contracts signed by DSNS with Dutch suppliers to 22, out of the 33 contracts signed so far, highlighting in this way the significant contribution of the Dutch maritime supply base to engineering, building and outfitting Netherlands’ navy ships.