Turkish shipbuilder Dearsan handed over its 16th and final New Type Patrol Boat (NTPB) to the Turkish Navy in February and is also on track to complete deliveries of its first export order to Turkmenistan this year, the shipbuilder has confirmed.

Speaking to IHS Jane’s at the IDEF exhibition in Istanbul on 5 May, Dearsan planning manager Yasin Karademir confirmed the 16th Tuzla-class NTPB had been handed over to the Turkish Navy on 16 February, marking the end of the shipyard’s first naval shipbuilding programme. In April, meanwhile, the shipyard handed over the ninth NTPB to Turkmenistan and expects to deliver the tenth and final unit within the September time frame, Karademir said.

Intended to perform patrol and anti-submarine surveillance tasks in coastal waters, the 56.9 m NTPB is an all-steel monohull design, displacing 400 tonnes at full load. Two MTU 16V 4000 M90 diesel engines drive fixed-pitch propellers along twin shafts to achieve a maximum design speed of 25 kt, while endurance at full load is a minimum of 1,000 n miles at 14 kt. […]