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DSCT completes two patrol vessels

19th January 2015 - 12:26 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) in South Africa has completed building two FCS 5009 patrol vessels.

These are the first vessels of their type built in South Africa. 

The vessels have been prepared by the DSCT for outfitting with a sea rogue weaponry system. This system will include a 20mm cannon forward of the wheelhouse and two 12.7mm Browning guns on the port and starboard sides of the wheelhouse. The system can be operated by a hand controller and has an accurate target-tracking feature.

Sam Montsi, chairman, DSCT, said: 'The FCS 5009 is deliverable in two formats. It can be either a fast crew supply ship or a security patrol vessel.'

DSCT is able to carry out the final conversion for either option within a matter of weeks. They are outfitted with MTU engines that offer a light weight-to-power ratio for increased speed.

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