Cameroon Navy’s new patrol vessels

Spanish shipbuilder Grup Aresa Internacional has delivered two patrol craft and a landing craft in a boost to the offshore capabilities of the Cameroon Navy.

Cameroon Navy receives new ARESA patrol vessels, landing craft

Spanish shipbuilder Grup Aresa Internacional has delivered two patrol craft and a landing craft in a boost to the offshore capabilities of the Cameroon Navy.

The Cameroon Navy has taken delivery of two new 24-meter ARESA 2400 CPV Defender and one new 23-meter ARESA 2300 LD Craft to help the force safeguard their maritime domains.

Cameroon’s Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Jean Mendoua, commissioned one 23-meter Aresa 2300 Landing Craft and two 24-meter Aresa 2400 CPV Defender coastal patrol boats at the Cameroon Navy Base in Douala on November 21. The commissioning also included a presentation meeting as well as a tour of the boats while moored at the Naval Base.

The Spanish shipbuilding group has worked extensively with Cameroon, supplying a sizeable number of vessels to its Navy, which has 12 Aresa boats in service. This figure includes six Aresa 750 Commandos RIBs – delivered last August -, five 1200 Stealth RIBs and one 1200 Defcon RIB – delivered in May 2013. Further deliveries will take place in February when two 32-meter patrol boats will be delivered.

For the Cameroon Navy, the Spanish shipbuilding group is providing two years of technical support, as well as spare and boat refitting services.

The ARESA 2400 CPV Defender is a 24m coastal patrol vessel that can be used for a number of applications such as offshore patrol, border patrol, anti-piracy, anti smuggling, troop transport, and search and rescue missions, amongst others. The ARESA 2400 CPV Fighter is powered by two diesel engines driving two water jets that reach a maximum speed of 30. The boat has a length of 24.5 meters and a range of 750 nautical miles.

Standard equipment on ARESA 2400 CPV Defender includes X-band surveillance/navigation radar and electro-optical sensor system for day and night surveillance, armored optional, Fi-Fi gun equipment, Auxiliary RIB ARESA 550 Commandos RIB, custom electronics and hard point for multi-weapons mount.

The ARESA 2300 Landing Craft is a cargo, troop and roll-on roll-off transport vessel able to carry 32 people aboard. It is powered by two 450 hp diesel engines, and can reach a speed of 12 knots. This 23.30 meter long vessel has a range of 250 nautical miles at 11 kn and features one hydraulic crane (capable of lifting 10 tons), 12.7 mm gun mounts and optional ballistic protection.

Expanding to Africa and Middle East

Established in 1961, Grup Aresa Internacional is a recognized leader in the design, construction, commercialization, maintenance and training of civil and high-tech defence vessels up until 60 meters length.

The group sells 90% of its production to more than 25 countries worldwide and specializes in the implementation of government projects. In Africa, the group has an important presence with service centers in Algeria, Angola, Cameroon and Nigeria, which provide comprehensive services: training and life cycle support of vessels.

Grup Aresa Internacional now plans to expand its activities to the Middle East area. Recently, the company has been the host sponsor of the 2nd Annual Offshore Patrol Vessels Conference taking place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to discuss maritime security.

Video 2400 CPV Figther: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzBD_PDLbQc

Video 2300 LD Craft: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYPdwTfUvmg#t=107

Source: Grup Aresa Internacional.

 

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