VIDEO: Spanish Shipbuilder Delivers Three Craft to Cameroon Navy
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.
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.
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.
Press Release, December 13, 2013; Image: Aresa