Al Hussein-class/Hawk-class Patrol Boat - The King's Birds of Prey

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Al Hussein-class/Hawk-class Patrol Boats (P101 - 103)

TL;DR:
Coastal vessel, modern UK-built Jordanian patrol boat with powerful autocannons.

Overview:
Ordered in 1987 from Vosper-Thornycroft, the 3 Hawk-class patrol boats were built for the Jordanian Royal Coast Guard to patrol the little area of sea they controlled. They were built from fibreglass, and were armed with heavy autocannons, a twin 30mm and a rear 20mm. The three boats were completed from 1989-1991, and were delivered to Jordan together in 1991. They were commissioned on November 13th of that year, and upon their commissioning the Royal Coast Guard was renamed the Royal Navy. The 3 boats are still in service, participating in anti-piracy and anti-smuggler operations and training exercises in the Gulf of Aqaba. They were the largest ships in the Jordanian Navy, only recently beat out by newly ordered 35m Swiftships patrol boats.

Ship List:

Al Hussein (P101)
Al Hassan (P102)
King Abdullah (P103)

Specifications:

Armament:
1x2 30mm Oerlikon GCM-A03
1x1 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1
2x1 12.7mm M2
2x9 Wallop Stockade decoy launchers

Displacement:
95 tons standard
126 tons full

Length: 30.8m

Beam: 6.9m

Draft: 1.5m

Propulsion: 2 MTU 16V-396-TB94 diesel engines, 5800 hp, driving 2 shafts

Speed: 32 knots (59.3 km/h)

Range: 1500 nmi (at 11 knots)

Crew: 16

Systems:
Radamec Series 2000 E/O director
Kelvin Hughes 1007 navigation radar

Images:

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Videos:
https://youtu.be/e4fSBnMboj4?si=DAUlWGKlMpnkIoOQ
https://twitter.com/i/status/1421153679835635718

Sources:
Gardiner, R., Chumbley, S., & Budzbon, P. (1995). Jordan. In Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships 1947-1995 (p. 243). Naval Institute Press.
Saunders, S., & Philpott, T. (2015). Jordan. In Jane’s Fighting Ships 2015-2016 (p. 464). IHS.
https://jaf.mil.jo/ContentstemplateC/Navy.aspx
Media:
https://twitter.com/Nashab_32/status/1421153679835635718
https://www.hyperstealth.com/Sea/index.html

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This would be a fun squadron boat for the UK! +1

+1, would be a welcome addition to the UK