Royal Saudi Naval Forces introduce into service CMN HSI32 fast patrol boats

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces, on Sunday, September 20, received and introduced into service the second and third batch of HSΙ32 fast patrol vessels from the French firm CMN (Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie) Group, according to a report by Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The ceremony took place in Dammam in the presence of Vice Admiral Fahad Al-Ghufaili, Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces.

According to the SPA report, the agreement signed with CMN includes the manufacturing and supply of a number of patrol boats, part of which are manufactured in France and the other part in the Kingdom as part of the technology transfer program.

The acquisition of HSI32 patrol boats by the Royal Saudi Naval Forces is within the framework of cooperation between the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabia and the Republic of France in the fields of industrialization and military cooperation.

In his speech, Vice Admiral Al-Ghufaili said that the HSI32 will contribute to the raising of the combat capabilities and the operational readiness of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces, will enhance maritime security in the region and with other units of the Eastern Fleet will protect Kingdom’s vital and strategic interests. The HS132 is considered among the most advanced type of fast interceptor vessel in the world.