New French OPV for the Western Hemisphere


NavyRecognition is reporting that two 60 meter (197 foot) 21 knot French Navy patrol vessels are being built for operation in French waters in the Western Hemisphere including the French West Indies and Guiana on the North Atlantic Coast of South America.

They are expected to have a crew of 24, support two RHIBs, and have an endurance of 12 days.

Among their duties will be policing waters in the vicinity of the Guiana Space Centre, now the European Space Agency’s primary launch site near the equator.

The Coast Guard may have an opportunity to work with these vessels.

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