The new Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Cypriot Navy ‘Commodore Andreas Ioannides’ arrived in Larnaca,Naval Analysis reported on Twitter. ordered the from Israel in December 2015, the vessel was built by Ltd. in Haifa. There is an option for a second boat while some days ago the Cypriot MoD announced that will purchase two more offshore patrol vessels.
— Naval Analyses (@D__Mitch) January 2, 2018
The mission of theis to protect the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Cyprus. Based on the SAAR 4 design the Cypriot has a displacement of 430 tons, an overall length of 62 meters. The vessel is operated by 30 crewmembers and has accommodations to carry additional personnel or rapid response force. The OPV has advanced electro-optical and radar sensors and is armed with two Typhoon remotely operated guns.