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New RN RIBs due from 2016

15th December 2015 - 12:30 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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The first next-generation Pacific 24 Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) destined for the Royal Navy will come off the BAE Systems specialist small boat production line in Portsmouth in April next year.

On 14 December the company announced that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a £13.5 million contract for 60 new Pacific 24 RIBs, which will be deployed on a range of vessels such as River-class OPVs and Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.

The Pacific 24 RIBs can be deployed from the shore or ship at speeds of up to 38kts as a rapid response craft for anti-piracy, counter-narcotics and fast

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