France’s Ocea has finished the construction of a third FPB 98 patrol boat for the Algerian Navy, which was seen at Saint Nazaire on 3 April after sailing from the production site at Les Sables d’Olonne. It is part of a batch of ten FPB 98s ordered by Algeria.
The vessel, named El Nihal (333), will be delivered soon, according to Mer et Marine. The first two (331 and 332) have already been delivered, with the second (El Safi) seen in Lisbon, Portugal, on 22 March during its transit to Algeria.
The ten new vessels are part of Algeria’s second contract for FPB 98 vessels, with the French shipyard having delivered 21 FPB 98s between 2008 and 2012.
According to Ocea, the FPB 98 is 32 metres long and six metres wide, has a crew of 14 and a top speed of 20-35 knots with a range of 1 200 nautical miles at 12 knots. Armament can include a 30 mm cannon – El Safi was seen with a weapon station on the vessel’s bow. A rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) can be launched from the back of the vessel – Algeria’s new FPB 98s carry a single RHIB.
Ocea has sold a number of FPB 98 boats around the world, including to Benin, Suriname and Nigeria.