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Fact file: T-class Inshore Patrol Vessel

This very lightly armed catamaran is used as an inshore patrol boat by the South African Navy.

















Vessels of the class:

Name1

Builder

Laid Down

Launched

Commissioned

SAS Tobie (P1552)2.

T Craft International, Cape Town.

-

-

June 1992.

SAS Tern (P1553)

T Craft International, Cape Town.

-

-

June 1996.

SAS Tekwane3 (P1554).

T Craft International, Cape Town.

-

-

December 1996.

 

 

Designation:

Inshore patrol craft (PB4)

Numbers:

 

Three.5

Prime contractor:.

 

T Craft International, Cape Town

Cost:

 

 

Associated project names:

 

Ship’s company:

 

16 (1 officer).

Major dimensions & weights:

  • Displacement:

  • Growth potential:

  • Length:

  • Beam:

  • Draught:

 

 

  • 36mt.

  • Not known.

  • 22m.

  • 7m.

  • 0.9m.

Hull:

 

Twin hull catamaran made from glass reinforced plastic (GRP, “fibreglass”) sandwich.

Survivability:

 

Not known.

Main machinery:

 

Two ADE 444 TI 12-valve diesels, delivering 1.5mW (2000hp) to two Hamilton water jets.

Performance:

  • Output, max (diesels):

  • Speed, max:

  • Range, miles:

  • Endurance:

 

 

  • Not known.

  • 32kts.

  • 530 at 22kts.

  • Not known.

Electronics:

  • Countermeasures:

    • Decoys:

    • ESM/ECM:

  • Combat management system:

  • Weapons control:

  • Radars:

    • Surface search:

    • Fire control:

    • IFF:

    • Navigation:

  • Sonar:

 

 

  • Not known.

  • Not known.

  • None.

  • None.

 

  • Racal Decca I-band

  • None.

  • None.

  • None.

  • None.

Armament:

  • Missiles:

  • Guns:

  • Torpedoes:

  • Helicopters:

 

 

  • None.

  • 1 x 12.7mm Browning HMG

  • None.

  • None.

Expected life-time:

Not known.

Comment:

 

Capable of carrying up to 15 people, they were ordered in mid-1991. Each carries a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) in the stern well.

 

 

 

1 Commissioned in 2003, known by their pennant numbers and as “T Craft” before that date.

2 This pennant number was previously allocated to one of the SA Navy’s 29.3m Krögerwerft rescue launches based at Saldanha.

3 This pennant number was previously allocated to one of the SA Navy’s 19.5m Fairey Marine Tracker-class rescue launches based at Saldanha.

4 Patrol Boat.

5 Three more of the type was built for Israel in 1997.



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