Israel Shipyards has confirmed the delivery of the last two of four Shaldag fast patrol boats to fulfil an order from the Senegalese Navy.
The company made the announcement last month. A representative told French maritime security news outlet Naval News that the two boats – a Shaldag Mk II and a Shaldag Mk V – (Cachouane and Lac Retba respectively) were delivered to Senegal in November. Ship tracking data shows the delivery vessel Blue Note arrived in Dakar on 26 November and departed the following day. It originally left Israel on 9 November.
“Both Shaldag Mk II and Mk V fast patrol boats are combat proven vessels with thousands of hours of sea time, operational and combat experience,” the Israel Shipyards representative said.
The first two Mk II vessels (Anambe and Soungrougrou) were delivered in 2019 to Senegal where they have been deployed to prevent piracy and other maritime crimes in the country’s territorial waters.
Designed for coastal and riverine patrols, the Shaldag Mk V has an overall length of 32.65 metres, a beam of 6.20 metres and a displacement of 95 tonnes. It can reach a maximum speed of 40 knots and a range of 1 000 nautical miles at an average speed of 12 knots.
The Shaldag Mk II has an overall length of 25.30 metres, a beam of 6 metres and a displacement of 58 tonnes. It has a maximum speed of 45 knots and a maximum range of 650 nautical miles at an average speed of 32 knots.
The Shaldag Mk II is typically armed with 25-30 mm and 12.7 mm remotely controlled and electro-optic weapons systems. It also carries a light machine gun.
The Shaldag Mk V is armed with short-to-medium range surface-to-surface missiles, tactical drones and can accommodate other weapons systems.
Apart from Israel, Senegal has continued to rely on France for the delivery of its maritime security equipment needs. The country has a pending order of three OPV 58S Offshore Patrol Vessels with French shipbuilder Piriou. These are scheduled for delivery in 2023. The OPV 58S vessels were ordered in November 2019 and will be used for surveillance, interception and security missions.
Senegal has been expanding its navy recently, for example in 2018 signing a contract with France’s Raidco Marine for two more RPB 33 patrol boats, after the shipyard delivered a single RPB 33 in 2013.
In 2015 Senegal received the 45.8 metre long offshore patrol vessel Kedougou from STX France. This was ordered from Raidco Marine, which subcontracted construction to the STX Lorient shipyard. This was followed a year later by the 58 metre long Fouladou offshore patrol vessel, built by France’s Ocea.
The new vessels are part of Senegal’s plan to renew its naval fleet and allow the maritime arm of service to carry out missions such as fisheries inspection, fighting drug trafficking and piracy. Senegal’s navy is tasked with patrolling 700 kilometres of coastline and 159 000 square kilometres of exclusive economic zone (EEZ).