US Africa Command (AFRICOM) handed over two Metal Shark 38 Defiant patrol craft to the Senegalese Navy in Dakar on 8 February.
The two craft were funded by AFRICOM’s Counternarcotic and Transnational Threats Programs Division and are to be used by Senegal to patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and adjacent international waters to counter illicit drug trafficking at sea.
In addition to the craft, repair and maintenance kits and towing vehicles were also delivered, while a two-week training session helped prepare Senegalese personnel to use and maintain the new craft.
According to AFRICOM, these two craft are the fourth and fifth of the type donated to the Senegalese Navy, which is slated to receive a sixth example in October.
The 38 Defiant is a 38-ft-long aluminium-hulled fast craft. While it can be powered by outboard engines, the Senegalese craft lack these, which means that they are either equipped with twin inboard straight-shaft diesel engines or twin diesel engines and Hamilton 292 waterjets, as these are the two inboard configurations offered by Metal Shark.
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