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Austal launches first Cape-class patrol vessel for Trinidad and Tobago

8th December 2020 - 16:15 GMT | by Wilder Alejandro Sanchez in Washington DC

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Two boats will supplement a fleet of fast patrol craft for counter-narcotics patrols and other missions

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) is scheduled to receive two Cape-class patrol boats (CCPBs) by mid-2021, slightly later than the original intended date of the second half of 2020.

The first of the vessels (CG 41) was launched last month in Western Australia, boatbuilder Austal reported on 4 December.

These new patrol boats will enable the TTCG to improve maritime operations such as SAR, EEZ patrols, and interception of suspicious vessels.

Cape-class vessels have a 4,000nmi range with a 28-day patrol cycle and a crew of 22. Each boat is equipped with two high-speed 7.3m RHIBs for interception

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Wilder Alejandro Sánchez is an analyst who covers defense & security, geopolitical, and trade issues …

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