Serco Canada Marine’s Atlas 120 Frigate design has secured Approval in Principle (AIP) from technical and business services firm Lloyd’s Register (LR).

According to LR, the vessel’s assessment is in line with the requirements of its Rules and Regulations for the Classification of Naval Ships and with the ‘International Naval Safety Association (INSA) Naval Ship Code’.

LR Americas Marine and Offshore president Kevin Humphreys said: “The application of LR’s Naval Ship Rules and INSA’s Naval Ship Code are industry benchmarks; receiving approval to these standards offers additional assurance that the ship design is fit for purpose and safe.

“We look forward to the success of the Atlas 120 Frigate in filling niche operational roles that are becoming more important to navies around the world.”

A modern general purpose surface combatant, Atlas 120 is a light frigate with a length of 120m and features a wide range of passive and active self-defence systems.

The frigate’s hangar and flight deck have been sized to accommodate all Nato medium lift naval helicopters. It can also house all standard Nato missile munitions.

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Serco Canada Marine general manager Russell Peters said: “Our extensive design experience and rigorous design process enables us to bring real value to our customers.

“Our experience as designers also allows us to identify and address gaps in the market.

“The Atlas 120 Light Frigate design was born in response to the need for a mid-sized, general purpose surface combatant that could be tailored to suit use-case requirements that range from maritime security to warfighting.”

The ship’s design can be easily modified to the owner’s specifications in combat capability.

A passive phased array radar and a towed array sonar of the ship can be modified to add anti-submarine warfare feature.