Coastal patrol vessel, No. 540 was launched at the Shipbuilding Industry Split on June 3, 2017. This vessel is the first out of series of 5 vessels commissioned for Croatian Navy.
The ceremony was attended by the Brodosplit CEO, Tomislav Debeljak and the senior state officials – the State Secretary for Defence, Zdravko Jakop, the Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, General Mirko Šundov , the Commander of the Croatian Navy, Rear Admiral Predrag Stipanović, the Coast Guard Commander, Commodore Ivo Raffaneli and Split-dalmatian county representatives.
The coastal patrol boat is built and equipped in compliance with the Croatian Register of Shipping. The boat is 43.5 long, with a 8-m beam and is equipped with the basic weapons of the modern Coast Guards (the 30-mm automatic gun, two manually-operated 12.7 mm machine guns and four MANPAD systems. It can fit a crew of 14 and sail at the speed of 28 knots with 10 day autonomy on the sea.
Special feature of the vessel is optimization of the ship system where a single tank of fuel can go up to 1000 nautical miles. The optimized fuel consumption is a result of innovative hull design.
The honor of becoming CPV43’s godfather was given to Dalibor Radmilo, the Homeland War veteran and former Brodosplit’s employee.
This is a project of five vessels for the needs of Croatian Navy Coast Guard, that is supposed to enable Croatian Coastal Guard to come in tune with modern coastal guard services on a global level. The basic purpose of the vessel is patrolling for the sake of supervision and protection of Croatian interests at sea. They will be used as support to island population and in search and rescue sea operations. In war times coastal patrol vessels are used for protection of internal waters and fighting and logistics support tasks.
Armed forces will receive new capabilities and Brodosplit Shipyard will gets a new product that could launch further on international markets.