OCEA delivers first of 10 new patrol boats to Algerian Navy

An OCEA 32-metre FPB Image: OCEA
An OCEA 32-metre FPB Image: OCEA
Image: OCEA – An OCEA 32-metre FPB
Image: OCEA – An OCEA 32-metre FPB

French shipbuilder OCEA has delivered the first unit of an order for 10 32-metre fast patrol boats (FPBs) in a series to the Algerian Navy.

Named El Safi, the vessel left OCEA's shipyard at Les Sables d'Olonne in mid-February and will arrive in Algeria within the month.

This is the first delivery under the second 32-metre FPB contract between OCEA and Algeria following an earlier order for 21 vessels that were delivered between 2008 and 2012.

Like its sisters, El Safi has a crew of 14, a maximum speed of 35 knots, a range of 1,200 nautical miles, and a 30-millimetre cannon.

The FPB also has the ability to launch and recover one rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) via its stern.

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