Dvora-class fast patrol boat

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Patrol boat Dvora class of Republic of China Navy
Class overview
Name: Dvora
Builders: IAI-Ramta,
Colombo Dockyard Limited
CSBC Corporation (Taiwanses variant Hai Ou class)
Operators:  Israeli Sea Corps,
 Sri Lanka Navy,
 Republic of China Navy
Preceded by: Dabur
Succeeded by: Super Dvora Mk II
Subclasses: Hau Ou class
In commission: 1988
General characteristics
Type: fast patrol boat
Displacement: 45.0 tons full load
Length: 21.80 metres (71.5 ft)
Beam: 5.50 metres (18.0 ft)
Draught: 1.1 metres (3.6 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × diesel engines with 4570 hp and two Arneson ASD-16 articulating surface drives.
Speed: 37 knots (69 km/h; 43 mph) (Full Speed)
Range: 560 nmi (1,040 km; 640 mi)
Armament: 1 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon, 2 × 12.7mm General Purpose Machine Gun

The Dvora class fast patrol boat is a fast class of patrol boats built by Israel Aerospace Industries for the Israeli Sea Corps based on the Israeli Dabur.

Operational history[edit]

Sri Lanka[edit]

The Dvora has become the work horse of the Sri Lanka Navy which has deployed it since the mid-1980s to counter LTTE operations at sea. Since then Dvoras have been made in Sri Lanka and has been the basis for the more advanced Colombo class fast patrol boat built by the Colombo Dockyard Limited and used by South Asian Navies to counter terrorism.

Taiwan[edit]

The Republic of China Navy uses Dvoras as Fast Attack Missile Craft, purchasing two and using them as a pattern for the almost-identical, locally-built Hai Ou class missile boats (Hai Ou class has three propeller shafts whereas Dvora class has two), 50 built. Both classes, being an anti-ship asset, are armed with additional two Hsiung Feng I anti-ship missiles and have been in ROCN service for over 20 years.

Operators[edit]

 Israel
 Sri Lanka
 Republic of China
  • Republic of China Navy - 20 Hai Ou-class (Seagull) variant of Dvora acquired in 1970s and retired beginning in 1999 (replaced by 30 Kuang Hwa No 6 Project boats); originally 26 with 6 sold to Gambia and Paraguay
 Gambia
  • Four units (ex-ROCN/Taiwan Navy FABG-7, FABG-11, FABG-29 and FABG-32) received from Taiwan in 2009 as patrol gunboats. All 4 were originally slated for Republic of Malawi in 2008.
 Paraguay
  • Two units (ex-ROCN/Taiwan Navy FABG-1 and FABG-2) received from Taiwan in 1994 as patrol gunboats.

Preceded by
Dabur
Dvora series Succeeded by
Super Dvora Mk II

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