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Venezuela gets Spanish patrol boat

MADRID, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has completed construction of the second of four patrol vessels ordered by the Venezuelan military.

The Yavire was officially turned over to the South American country in a ceremony at the company's facility in San Fernando in southern Spain.

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The Yavire is 262 feet long and displaces 1,453 tons. It has a top speed of 22 knots. It can perform a variety of missions, including surveillance and coastal zone protection, protection of maritime traffic, fire fighting, control and cleanup of marine pollution, transportation of personnel and supplies, search and rescue operations, rapid intervention, diver support, surface protection and passive electronic warfare.

In addition to the BVL-type vessels, Venezuela has ordered four ocean-going offshore patrol vessels from Navantia.

Navantia and DCNS of France had collaborated on production of diesel-electric Scorpene submarines but have since gone their separate ways as Navantia develops its own undersea vessel.

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