On Wednesday 10th August, 2023 – 3 Libyan Coast Guard newbuilt 300 Class or GAT Class as known in Libya arrived at Abu Sitta Naval Base of which participated they also participated in naval parade on the occasion of 83rd founding anniversary of Libyan Armed Forces.
The 3 SAR boats were provided by Italian authorities and the European Union, within the framework of the memorandum of understanding signed in Tripoli on 28th January, 2023.
Last February, a ceremony held at the Cantieri Navale Vittoria (CNV), Adria in the presence of the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani, the Libyan Foreign Minister, Najla Al Mangoush, and the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, Olivér Varhelyi, CNV delivered the SAR (Search and Rescue) type TS -LCG 300 unit to the Italian Government.
This new construction, twin of those currently owned by the Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera), is built in light aluminum alloy and is unsinkable and self-righting and can accommodate up to 200 souls on board.
The design and construction of the boat was entrusted to the Venetian company, specialized in the construction of military, paramilitary, work, commercial and transport boats up to 100 meters in length, as part of a tender, worth 10 million 450 thousand euros, called by the General Command of the Corps of the Port Authorities in 2016 for the construction of five SAR units (plus ten optional) destined for the Italian Coast Guard. In June 2022, as part of the same assignment, the Venetian company signed a transfer agreement with the Coast Guard and the Italian Ministry of the Interior for three of the ten optional units for a value of approximately 8 million euros.
UNIT TECHNICAL FEATURES : Length ft: 20, 00 m; Width ft: 6.10m; draft: 1.00 n; Full load displacement: 32.5 t; Crew 4 (Max 8) people; Main Engines: 2x MTU 8V2000M84L; Propulsion: 2x ROLLS-ROYCE waterjets S40-3/CA; Maximum speed: 35 Kn.