Showcasing a wealth of new designs and featuring a major tie-in with a local shipyard, Dutch shipbuilder and design firm Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding is continuing its aggressive moves to become a major supplier of small warships and auxiliaries to burgeoning navies.

Among the innovative designs is a new Mission Flexible Combatant (MFC), a versatile design aimed at smaller navies that lack bigger ships.

“The whole concept is aimed at getting a credible combat capability into a multimission ship,” said Rene Hoogenboom, production manager for amphibious support ships at Damen.