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US will deliver two Island Class Patrol Boats to Ukrainian Navy


According to a tweet published by the Embassy of the United States of America in Kyiv on November 8, 2021, two Island Class Patrol Boats have departed Baltimore, Maryland for Odesa.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Island-class patrol boats (Picture source: Twitter account of U.S. Embassy Kyiv)


The Island-class patrol boat is a class of cutters of the United States Coast Guard. 49 cutters of the class were built, of which 37 remain in commission. Their hull numbers are WPB-1301 through WPB-1349.

The Island-class patrol boats were constructed in Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana. Kiska has an overall length of 110 feet (34 m). It had a beam of 21 feet (6.4 m) and a draft of 7 feet (2.1 m) at the time of construction. The patrol boat has a displacement of 154 tonnes (152 long tons; 170 short tons) at full load and 137 tonnes (135 long tons; 151 short tons) at half load.

It is powered by two Paxman Valenta 16 CM diesel engines or two Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines. It has two 99 kilowatts (135 PS; 133 shp) 3304T diesel generators made by Caterpillar; these can serve as motor–generators. Its hull is constructed from highly strong steel, and the superstructure and major deck are constructed from aluminum.