The Tunisian Navy commissioned its second Damen Multi Service Offshore Patrol Vessel (MSOPV) 1400 and a third Istiklal-class patrol boat at the port of La Goulette on 25 June.
Syphax (P 611), the second of four MSOPV 1400s on order for the Tunisian Navy, was delivered to Tunisia the previous month after completing construction at Damen’s shipyard in Galati, Romania, on 2 May. First-of-class Jugurtha was delivered in early March.
Built to Bureau Veritas classification standards, Tunisia’s Damen MSOPV 1400 vessels have a length of 72 m, a 12.7 m beam, and a 3.75 m draft. The vessels have a standard displacement of 1,284 tonnes or up to 1,877 tonnes fully loaded.
Powered by two Caterpillar engines, with a total power rating of 7060 kW, the nominal top speed is 20 kt, but this limit has been exceeded on sea trials with speeds approaching 22 kt. So far, no heavy weapons have been fitted.
Meanwhile, the third OPV, Hannon , commenced initial sea trials in the Black Sea on 26 June.
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