Third patrol boat ready

May 16, 2005
Author: P&S

South Africa’s third new sea fishery patrol boat, to be christened Ruth First, is to be handed over from the Far Ocean Shipyards this Wednesday, 18 May.

The vessel, a sister boat to the Lillian Ngoyi which has already entered service, will be available to go to sea immediately following the christening ceremony in Cape Town’s V&A harbour, where Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, the deputy minister of environmental affairs and tourism will accept the craft.

Lillian Ngoyi and Ruth First plus a third and as yet uncompleted sister vessel are designed for close inshore patrol duty along the Southern African seaboard. A fourth and much larger vessel, Sarah Baartman has also entered service with the department.


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