Namacurra-class harbour patrol boat

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Namacurra class patrol boats
Career (South Africa) SAN Ensign
Name: Namacurra Class harbour patrol boat
Builder: Sandock Austral, Durban
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Notes: Pennant Numbers Y1501 - Y1530
General characteristics
Class & type: Inshore Patrol vessel
Displacement: 4t normal 5.2t maximum
Length: 9.5 m
Beam: 2.5 m
Propulsion: 2 x 140Kw BMW marine petrol engines
Speed: 32 knots
Complement: 5
Sensors and
processing systems:
Surface search: Racal Decca; I-band
Armament: 1x12.7mm Browning Machine Gun and 2x7.62mm LMG. Crew carry 12gg shotgun and R4 assault rifles
Notes: Export: Y1520 transferred to Malawi in October 1988,[1] two to Namibia in 2002 and two to Mozambique in September 2004. Inventory 2000: 28[2]

The Namacurra class patrol boats are a class of patrol boat currently in service with South Africa, Namibia, Malawi and Mozambique.

Introduction into service[edit]

Built in South Africa between 1980-81 these boats can also be transported by road. One was transferred to Malawi in October 1988, two to Namibia in 2002 and two to Mozambique in September 2004.[1]


These boats are in use with the harbour patrol forces in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban. There are also used, nominally by the Operational Boat Squadron, until new boats can be procured. Several have been built and transferred to allied navies in the region.


The boats have an optimal crew of four and a maximum of five.


  • Units Equipped:
    • Harbour Patrol Forces
    • Operational Boat Squadron


  1. ^ a b Du Toit, Allan (1992). South Africa's Fighting Ships: Past and Present. Ashanti. 
  2. ^ Pike, John. "South Africa - Navy Equipment". Retrieved 2014-05-25.