New Patrol and Rescue Vessels in the News being developed around the World.

This section researched  and presented by
Lee Wahler,
Retired LCDR SWO and former PBR Patrol Officer.


PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 13, 2008) Sailors attached to Inshore Boat Unit (IBU) 22 patrol near the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal in the northern Persian Gulf off the coast of Iraq. IBU 21 & 22 are conducting security sweeps and visit, board, search and seizure operations in the northern Persian Gulf from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary dock landing ship RFA Cardigan Bay (L3009). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kirk Worley (Released     Source Here

Small Attack Craft Delivered to the Iranians from North Korea. I need more facts here though.

Here are some nice boats from up north.  Metalcraft Marine builds crew, utility, fire, emergency and patrol boats. They have teamed with Willard Marine in the past. They built the Canadian version of the 47 ft USCG MLB for the CGC. The Kingston series patrol boats are interesting.

VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, MS has been building small ships the government and commercial buyers for many years.  They have bought smaller shipyards along the Gulf Coast and are now active in the patrol boat market.  They have delivered over 3,000 vessels to commercial and government clients in 29 countries on 5 continents."  They are now part of the Singapore based Vision Technologies Systems Group.

What’s missing from the hulls makes the boats of M Ship of San Diego unique. Twin channels above the waterline mix air (in orange) with water displaced by the hull to create a foam (dark blue) that lessens resistance to the hull, reducing drag and increasing speed and mileage. The aerated water also stabilizes the boat during turns and narrows the craft’s wake. M Ship has implemented the concept in 8-ft.-long sailing dinghies, Venetian vaporetto ferries and even an 80-ft.-long stealth ship for the U.S. military.  See Story Here

From Patrol Boat to Superyacht. Conversions available. Brooke Marine is back in business in the relaunch business. This former Scottish fisheries protection vessel Sulisker will become a twenty-six guest superyacht. From imcbrokers.com blogsite.

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle is launched from a MK V naval special warfare boat off the coast of San Clemente Island. This is the first time a Scan Eagle, used for various applications such as intelligence gathering and battle damage assessment, has been launched from this kind of platform. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michelle L. Kapica (Released)  Navy Link (for as long as it lasts)

Nice looking Aussie boats  especially the Singapore police boats. Western Boat Builders have the maritime boat design resources available through Naval Architect and Maritime Design firms such as Southerly Design for the widest selection of Military and Paramilitary vessel types and functions.

This is a 2 x 35m Catamaran Rescue Vessel commissioned by the Hong Kong Marine Department, built by Incat Crowther. They have a big family of utility boats that would be of value to the Navy.  Website Here

Bofors 40 MK3 Naval Gun System - Modern ships must be able to operate in different levels of conflict. In the littoral scenario the gun must have the capability of engaging threats that are impossible to engage with conventional gun systems.   More Here

In November 2004 the following HIGH SPEED CRAFT International Conference was hosted by RINA, The Royal Institute of Naval Architects in London, UK. Its purpose was to examine and debate the problems and look at possible solutions related to high speed craft designed for an ever wider range of roles and demands.  Conference Program Here

The PROTECTOR USV is an unmanned integrated naval combat system based on unmanned surface vehicles, which are highly autonomous & remotely controlled, to conduct a wide spectrum of critical missions, while eliminating unnecessary risk to personnel and capital assets. Built by Rafael Armament Development Authority, Israel.  Brochure Here

Naval Sea Systems Command - Stallion 1. This is a Technology Demonstration Craft built by Oregon Iron Works (OIW), Clackamas, OR. It is a test bed for Littoral Warfare Concepts.  Brochure Here

Just a quick review of the FY09 President's Budget just submitted shows almost $2.8 milllion for one to the new Riverine Combat Boats to be delivered from SafeBoats International in Dec.  Completion of Fitting-Out Feb-09

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