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SAS Tobie (P1552)

Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV)

South Africa | 1992

"The South African Navy currently manages a fleet of three T-Craft Inshore Patrol Vessels including SAS Tobie P1552."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for SAS Tobie (P1552).
2 x ADE 444 TI 12V diesel engines developing 2,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts; 2 x Hamilton waterjets.
32.0 kts
36.8 mph
Surface Speed
530 nm
610 miles | 982 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of SAS Tobie (P1552).
22.0 ft
6.71 meters
O/A Length
7.0 ft
2.13 meters
0.9 ft
0.00 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of SAS Tobie (P1552).
1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
Ships-in-Class (3)
Notable series variants as part of the SAS Tobie (P1552) family line as relating to the T-Craft-class group.
SAS Tobie (P1552); SAS Tern (P1553); SAS Tekwane (P1554)

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The modern South African Navy operates three of the T-Craft-class Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPVs) - SAS Tobie (P-1552), SAS Tern (P-1553), and SAS Tekwane (P-1554). All were built by T-Craft International out of Cape Town, South Africa and entered commissioned service in June 1992, June 1996, and December 1996, respectively. Six total boats of the T-Craft-class were eventually built with three falling to the South African Navy and the remaining three taken on by the Israeli Navy.

The vessels feature a 36 ton displacement under full load and carry dimensions of 22ft x 7ft x 0.9ft (LxWxH). Power is from 2 x ADE 444 TI V12 marine diesel units outputting 2,000 horsepower coupled with 2 x Hamilton water-jets. Maximum speed in ideal conditions reaches 32 knots and range is out to 530 miles when running at a consistent 22 knots.

Up to sixteen personnel make up the crew that is led by a single officer-level candidate. A single 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) is fitted for self-defense. A Racal Decca I-band system makes up the surface-search radar fit. The hull is based on a twin-hulled catamaran design with Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) - a layered approach to the materials involved - to provide the needed strength for high-speed running. Towards the stern of the boat is stowage well for a single Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) craft. The primary operating theater is enclosed from the elements.

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Image of the SAS Tobie (P1552)
Official image from the South African Navy website.

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