With the delivery of the last 5 boat types ?? Defender ?? The Chilean Navy completes the RHIN II Lacustre project through the General Directorate for Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine (DIRECTEMAR). The last units were assigned to the captains of Puerto de Constitución, Talcahuano, Valdivia and Puerto Varas. Between 2018 and 2020 in a joint project by ASMAR and ?? Safe Boat International ?? (USA) 15 units were built for patrol, surveillance and control of illegality in waters, for search and rescue at sea.
The hulls and superstructures of the Defender boats were sent to Chile and received at the ASMAR Valparaíso facilities, where the assembly, integration and testing of the systems were carried out to make them operational and ready for institutional service.
Among its main features, the Defender-type maritime patrol boats are 7.62 meters long, 2.6 meters wide and 1 meter deep, and are powered by two Mercury engines, each rated at 150 horsepower, which allows these units to reach a top speed of 45 knots. Due to their size, they can be towed overland, which makes them easier for temporary transfers to other locations.
The units were distributed in various lakes in the O’Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Araucanía, Los Ríos and Los Lagos regions.
Photography: Lanchas ?? Defender ?? of the Chilean Navy.
Source and photos: Chilean Navy
Copyright © Grupo Edefa SA Reproduction, in whole or in part, of this article is prohibited without the prior authorization of the publisher.