High Speed Interceptor Boat

Introducing the 'Barracuda' by Safehaven Marine. 

As the world evolves, the traditional threats to a country's ocean borders have changed significantly. The primary threat of invasion remains in many areas but alongside it now are the supplementary threats of terrorism, piracy, EEZ incursion, hazardous waste pollution, people trafficking and narcotic based criminality.

As the world economy continues to struggle with slow economic growth there still exists the need for strong coastal defences, and the ability to enforce the law in both coastal and open ocean waters. National defence budgets show no signs of increasing at the same rate as the threats – exponentially. The question is “how can existing or even reducing budgets be used in a smarter way to combat the growing threats?”

A strong case can be put forward for the increasing augmentation of the traditional large naval vessel with multiple, highly seaworthy smaller coastal patrol vessels able to be deployed quickly along the coast either overland in the case of smaller variants, or by sea in order to respond to any perceived threat.

The simple economic costs of deploying a large naval vessel; fuel costs, manning costs and logistical support requirements are extremely expensive.  In the very great majority of cases, where a show of force is not a primary consideration, the same mission could efficiently be undertaken by a small, fast, highly seaworthy and survivable craft, able to self defend or present a level of force, at a fraction of the cost of deploying a large Naval vessel.

The world’s oceans, rivers, lakes and coastal regions continue to increase in military significance in the current geopolitical landscape. The operators of the world’s major bluewater navies are under significant financial pressure. They also have more missions. As well as the naval missions already mentioned, relief of the effects of natural disaster and humanitarian missions are becoming more common.

Safehaven Marine has extensive experience and a long history in supplying patrol boats designed to operate in the harshest environments, and is well suited to provide coastal defence solutions based around its Barracuda range of naval & law enforcement patrol craft. 

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