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SOFINS: French Special Forces presents its riverine craft

28th March 2017 - 15:34 GMT | by Erwan de Cherisey in Souge, France

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A key French Army Special Forces (SF) unit is showcasing its Riverine Combat Craft (EFC) at the Special Operations Forces International Seminar (SOFINS) currently taking place at the French Army Camp of Souge, near Bordeaux.

The French First Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment (1er RPIMA) displayed the EFC, which is a 9.1m craft designed specifically for riverine warfare.

It is powered by two 300HP Mercury outboard engines, providing a maximum speed of more than 45 knots, which were preferred to an inboard propulsion system since they allow for easier maintenance and can simply be replaced in case of breakdown, as opposed

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Erwan de Cherisey is a writer on international affairs and defence.

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