Construction has begun on the Venezuelan Navy’s fourth and final offshore patrol vessel at Navantia’s San Fernando-Puerto Real shipyard.

The patrol vessels built by Navantia will undergo a wide range of missions including surveillance and protection of the exclusive economic zone, protection of maritime traffic, defence of surface targets against aircraft and missile attack, and passive electronic warfare missions.

Navantia is also building four littoral surveillance ships for Venezuela at its facilities in San Fernando.

The 98.90m-long and 13.60m-wide offshore patrol vessel has a full-load displacement of 2,170t with accommodation for 92 and a maximum speed of 15kt.