Tunisian Navy receives two new patrol boats from US

29 April 2015 (Last Updated April 29th, 2015 18:30)

The Tunisian Navy has taken the delivery of two 44ft-long patrol boats from the US Embassy, marking the increasing strategic partnership between both the countries.

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The Tunisian Navy has taken the delivery of two 44ft-long patrol boats from the US Embassy, marking the increasing strategic partnership between both the countries.

The delivery took place in the presence of US ambassador Jake Walles, Tunisian Defence Minister Ghazi Jeribi, and US Embassy vice-admiral Mohamed Khamassi.

The boats, worth more than $2m, have been donated as part of an ongoing programme, which provides assistance to the Tunisian navy.

The two countries are working together to strengthen the operational effectiveness of the Tunisian armed forces to fight terrorism.

"The two countries are working together to strengthen the operational effectiveness of the Tunisian armed forces."

The US previously donated five 25ft-long boats in August 2013, and is expected to supply seven additional patrol boats to the country in the next six months.

The addition of the new patrol boats will enable Tunisia to strengthen its maritime security, better police its exclusive economic zone and ensure the flow of maritime traffic through the waterway between North Africa and Europe.

The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) is also working on creating different ways to help equip the army of Tunisia better to help it fight against terrorism by information sharing, training expansion and the supply of advanced equipment.


Image: The 44ft-long patrol boats donated by the US Embassy are aimed at bolstering the preparedness of Tunisia to tackle terrorism. Photo: courtesy of Embassy of the US to Tunisia.