China has donated a patrol boat to Côte d'Ivoire to help in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the Xinhau news agency reported on 15 July.
"This donation will allow the navy of Côte d'Ivoire to take off,” Xinhau reported the Ivorian defence minister Alain Donwahi as saying. “This is a major step in Sino-Ivorian co-operation.”
The news agency added that the boat was launched on 19 May and was worth CNY30 million (USD4.4 million).
The Chinese embassy in Côte d'Ivoire released a statement on 19 July announcing the patrol boat donation, but saying the CNY30 million also covered a new naval repair facility. It released a photograph showing the patrol boat that looks like the Iraqi Navy’s 27 m-long Predator class with a slightly redesigned hull.
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