Djibouti expands navy ship and patrol boat That have been docked in Djibouti since April

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Djibouti’s Navy formally took supply of 4 vessels in a ceremony attended by President Ismail Omar Guelleh on 22 November.

Photographs launched by the Armed Forces of Djibouti (FAD) and native tv protection confirmed two Damen FCS 5009 high-endurance patrol vessels, a touchdown ship much like the Chinese Type 074 Yuhai class, and a smaller patrol boat that regarded just like the 27 m vessel China delivered to Côte d’Ivoire in 2017.

The 53 m-long Damens are named Capt Elmi Robleh and Adj Ali M Houmed . Ship monitoring information reveals they arrived from Cape Town, the place Damen has a shipyard, on the day of the ceremony.

They every have two Damen 1102 FRP interceptors that might be launched and recovered utilizing davits and a Rheinmetall Searanger remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) on their foredecks, though their 20 mm weapons have been not fitted for the ceremony.

Satellite imagery reveals that the 66 m touchdown ship and patrol boat have been docked in Djibouti since April.

The touchdown ship has a Norinco 30 mm H/PJ17 ROWS, a cargo crane, a small boat that might be launched from davits on its starboard aspect, and two pintel-mounted heavy machine weapons both aspect of its bridge.

“Two of these ships are intended to carry out surveillance and deterrent missions both in the territorial waters of Djibouti and in the strategic maritime areas, including the strait of Bab al-Mandab,” the president mentioned in his speech.

He described the third as “a ship specialising in transporting mechanised units of the infantry” and mentioned the fourth would monitor Djibouti’s territorial waters.

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