Damen begins building patrol vessel trio for South Africa

Image: Damen Shipyards Cape Town
Image: Damen Shipyards Cape Town

Damen Shipyards Cape Town has begun construction on the first of three Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) for the South African Navy.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, has stated that the vessels will perform a variety of missions including strike, mine countermeasures, torpedo recovery, anti-piracy, and anti-illegal fishing.

The 62-metre, 20-knot MMIPVs are scheduled to be delivered to the navy at a rate of one per year beginning in 2021.

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