Lillian Ngoyi-class environmental inshore patrol vessels

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South African environmental patrol vessel Ruth First, 2nd of the three vessels in the Lillian Ngoyi class.
Class overview
Operators: South Africa
In commission: 2004-
Planned: 3
Completed: 3
Active: 3
General characteristics
Displacement: 353 metric tons
Length: 46.8 m (154 ft)
Beam: 8.11 m (26.6 ft)
Depth: 2.9 m (9.5 ft)
  • 2 × 2,770 kilowatts (3,710 shp)
  • 1 × 75 kilowatts (101 shp) bow thruster
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Endurance: 14 days, 2,500 nautical miles (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)

South Africa operates three Lillian Ngoyi-class environmental patrol vessels, based on the Damen Stan 4708 design.[1] The vessels are the Lillian Ngoyi, Ruth First and Victoria Mxenge.[2][3]

The vessels were constructed in South Africa by Farocean Marine.[3] The United States Coast Guard later decided to construct up to 58 Sentinel-class 154 ft Fast Response Cutters (FRC), also based on the Damen Stan patrol vessel 4708 design, citing the success of the South African vessels.[1]

vessel launched notes
Lillian Ngoyi 2004-11 Named after anti-apartheid activist Lillian Ngoyi.[4][5]
Ruth First 2005-05 Named after anti-apartheid activist Ruth First.[5]
Victoria Mxenge 2005 Named after anti-apartheid activist Victoria Mxenge.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Parent Craft –DamenStan Patrol 4708" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. 2008-09-30. 
  2. ^ "Cape marine protection gets a boost". The Independent Online. 2007-05-28. Archived from the original on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  3. ^ a b Leon Engelbrecht (2010-02-28). "Fact file: Lilian Ngoyi class environmental inshore patrol vessels". Defence Web. 
  4. ^ Richard Davies (2004-11-16). "SA christens first new environmental vessel". Independent Online. Retrieved 2011-12-04. A sprinkling of holy water and a spray of champagne marked the naming of the first of South Africa's four new environmental protection vessels, the Lilian Ngoyi, in Cape Town harbour on Tuesday.  mirror
  5. ^ a b c "SA's marine protection vessels". SAinfo. 2005-05-20. Retrieved 2011-12-04. The vessels, designed in the Netherlands, are specifically built for local and international conditions. They are 47 metres long and eight metres wide, and can reach a top speed of almost 40km per hour and a cruising speed of 30km per hour - twice the speed needed to haul in poachers.  mirror