Senegalese Navy to receive patrol boat Taouay

According to information published by Le Télégramme on April 7, 2021, the French Ufast shipyard officially transferred the RPB 33 patrol boat Taouay to the Senegalese Navy during a ceremony at Quimper, Brittany. The patrol boat Taouay should join Dakar this Saturday, after a transit in Agadir, Morocco.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 RPB 33 patrol boat Taouay at Quimper, France (Picture source: Le Télégramme)

The 33.73-meter-long, 6.5-meter-wide vessel is powered by two 1 100 hp MAN engines, giving a top speed of 22 knots and a range of 1 500 miles at 15 knots for the endurance of one week at sea. The boat is very effective surveillance seeing as it features a bridge design that allows for 360-degree surveillance.

Senegalese vessels will most likely be armed with a 20 mm cannon and 12.7 mm machine guns. The new vessel is part of Senegal’s plan to renew its naval fleet and allow the maritime arm of service to carry out missions such as fisheries inspection, fighting drug trafficking, and piracy.

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