Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Venezuela gets Spanish patrol boat

The Navantia shipyard in San Fernando on 8 November handed over the patrol boat "Yavire,” second of four coastal patrol ships that Venezuela has commissioned from our company.

The ceremony was attended by the Venezuelan Defense Minister, the Commander of Naval Logistics in that country, its Defense Attache, the mayors of San Fernando and Puerto Real and the President of Navantia, among others.

The "Yavir", launched on March 11 last year, is 79.90 meters long and displaces 1,453 tons; it has a top speed of 22 knots.

This ship and her sister-ships can perform a variety of missions, including surveillance and coastal zone protection, protection of maritime traffic, medical care for other vessels, fire fighting, control and clean-up of marine pollution, transportation of personnel and supplies, search and rescue operations, rapid intervention, diver support, surface protection and passive electronic warfare.

In addition to the BVL-type vessels, Venezuela also ordered four ocean-going offshore patrol vessels from Navantia. These vessels, suited to patrol the Exclusive Economic Zone, are 98.90 meters long, have a displacement of 2,170 tons and a top speed of 25 knots.

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