NavyClippings brings us two reports of new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). These two are of a size between that of typical “Inshore Patrol Vessels” and OPVs. Neither has accommodations for a helicopter but both have two RHIBs. They are pretty close in size to USCG 210 foot WMECs, 210 ft 6 in (64.16 m) length over all (loa) with a 34 ft (10.36 m) beam.
First there is project Biro for the South African Navy. The three ships being built by Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) are 62×11 meter (203.4′ long, 36’1″ beam, Stan Patrol 6211 vessels), which have a maximum speed of 26.5 knots, a range of 4 000 nautical miles, endurance of 14 days, and a crew of up to 62 (core crew is 40).
The second class being built by French shipyard Piriou, will include three OPVs (with an option for a fourth).
The OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels for Senegal are 62 metres long, 9.5 metres wide and have a maximum draft of 2.9 metres. They have steel hulls and aluminium superstructures with a 360 degree panoramic bridge, a rapid deployment/recovery system for two boats and be each able to accommodate up to 48 people, including 24 crew members. Top speed is 21 knots with a range of 4 500 miles at 12 knots, for a 25 day endurance.
The MBDA Marte Mk 2Ns anti-ship cruise missiles which would be in the canisters visible between the 76mm gun and the bridge are a bit smaller than most missiles of this type.