France’s Ocea has nearly fulfilled Algeria’s order for ten FPB 98 patrol boats, having delivered six, with the seventh to follow shortly.
The third vessel, El Nihal (333), was spotted at Saint Nazaire in early April this year but according to Mer et Marine, six FPB 98s have been delivered to date.
Algeria ordered ten FPB 98s, which are constructed at its Les Sables d’Olonne facility. This order is its second FPB 98 contract, 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, the second Algerian FPB 98, 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.