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January 12, 2016
New FRC for Interception and Patrol

Dutch Special Marine Group (DSMG) has designed a small range of Fast Raiding Craft (FRC).

An FRC combines the speed and manoeuvrability of an interceptor with an increased size and carrying capacity to hold elite troops and their equipment. It is specially designed for border protection, marine counter terrorism, military and special forces operations.

FRC Design

Effective interception and patrol require an FRC with high speed, excellent reliability, manoeuvrability and sea keeping abilities. To guarantee this, DSMG's designer, Pieter Meuzelaar, took the proven hull of its Fast Rescue Craft 903 (KNRM). It was made longer and the foam fender was replaced with an air-filled tube to ensure that the maximum beam with deflated tubes is well under 2.7 metres, to fit through the cargo door of a C-130 Hercules.

The FRC is built of seawater resistant aluminium (5083- H111) at Habbeké Shipyard. The hull is a fully planing, deep V type and the FRC has a low freeboard aft to facilitate diving operations. They are self-bailing, have sufficient deck space to transport cargo, have a reinforced inflatable tube and are supplied with diesel inboard engines with water jet propulsion units or sterndrive units.

The FRC are designed and tested in accordance to latest Bureau Veritas and Solas requirements.

The (standard) propulsion consists of a combination of Volvo Penta engines with Twin Disc gearboxes, driving UltraJet waterjets or Volvo Penta Aquamatic sterndrives. A proven combination on the Fast Rescue Craft © 903. Class notation : I  Hull (• Mach) Light Ship / Fast Raiding Craft, Sea Area 2 (1,88 m significant wave height).


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