The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) in the Western Fleet Command launched Tuesday the first group of French Couach class medium High-speed patrol boats.
Commander of the Western Fleet Rear Admiral Yahya bin Mohammed Asiri, raised the flag over the first group, marking its entry into active service in the fleet, in the presence of the CEO of Chantier Naval Couach Dr. Florent Battistella, and Executive Vice President of International Business for LEG NEX Hyun Soo Lee, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Rear Admiral Asiri said these boats are a qualitative addition to the capabilities of RSNF, as they will contribute to raising the level of military and security readiness, strengthening the maritime security force in the region, and protecting the vital and strategic interests of the Kingdom, noting the constant care and unlimited support of the Saudi wise leadership and HRH the Minister of Defense to develop the armed forces to serve the country.
Couach boats are distinguished by their unique and advanced design, and their high-speed engines that have made them flexible and light for marine maneuvers. The boats include a sophisticated combination of electronic systems such as tracking devices, optical and thermal sensors, information exchange, and marine navigation that enable them to carry out the search, monitoring, and follow-up tasks through a highly intelligent electronic system.
They also include an artillery system that covers 360 degrees and a modern and advanced system for high-precision missiles in targeting and hitting. These boats are used in carrying out various missions, including rapid intervention, maintaining maritime security, and protecting maritime installations.