Turkey’s ARES Shipyard Launches Second and Third ARES 85 HERCULES Patrol Boats for Royal Oman Police

Turkey’s ARES Shipyard has launched the second and third of the 14 ARES 85 HERCULES patrol boats ordered by the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG), the shipyard announced.

The contract for 14 patrol boats was signed between the Inspector General of Royal Oman Police (ROP) and General Manager of ARES in November 2018. The first vessel was launched in September last year at ARES Shipyard’s facility in Antalya, Turkey, and was delivered to ROPCG after completion of trials.

The vessels, which are fully customized to meet the ROPCG’s needs, will provide the agency with a much-expanded capability to patrol and secure the nation’s waters.

ARES 85 Hercules

The ARES 85 Hercules patrol boat is designed by UK-based maritime design consultancy BMT Group for ARES Shipyard.

The vessels have an overall length of 25.95 m, a beam of 5.85 m, a draught of 1.20 m and a displacement of 70 Tons. They are built in fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composites and has a maximum speed of 45+ knots.

ROPCG Ares 85 Hercules
An ARES 85 Hercules Patrol Interceptor Vessel (PIV), SAHM 4, of the Royal Oman Police Coast Guard (ROPCG).

The patrol boats are armed with a 12.7-mm auto stabilized remote-controlled naval gun providing them versatile firepower that can be adapted to a wide variety of potential scenarios. The vessels are equipped with a suite of maritime communications equipment, electro-optic (E/O) sensors and X-band naval radars.

The vessels can launch and recover a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) for boarding, and search and rescue (SAR) missions.

The boats are capable of conducting offshore and littoral waters law-enforcement and open sea rescue operations and naval duties such as:

• Coast Guard Duties, Offshore Patrolling, and Escort,
• Search and Rescue (SAR), Anti-smuggling Operations,
• Anti-Terrorist Protection of Offshore and Coastal Installations and Critical Infrastructure,
• Surveillance and Covert Surveillance,
• Border Patrol, Anti-Human Trafficking, Customs Duties

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