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A Frigate in 10 years - Challenges and Opportunities

Thomas Lamb


Colombia is involved in preliminary philosophies regarding the acquisition of frigates in the next 10 years. This presents many challenges as well as opportunities. This not a unique situation as many maritime countries have struggled with this matter over the past 50 years. The question that quickly arises is whether a country should design and construct new naval ships themself or follow one or a combination of the many options that have been used over this period. This presentation will review these options as both challenges and opportunities and hopefully provide a starting point for important discussions of this subject.


naval ship design; naval shipbuilding; required manning level; acquisition options; technology transfer; academic needs; national shipbuilding program

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