Best of the '80s: The Roots of Offshore Patrol Vessels Run Deep
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In recent years, Offshore Patrol Vessel design has evolved at break-neck speed. In 1985, patrol vessels were focused almost exclusively on policing functions with limited anti-surface armaments. The 1990-2000 time frame saw a sudden expansion in mission profile, with more demands for firepower and lengthened sea time. In addition, newer multi-mission vessels required the ability to deploy 'ribs' and 'helos', and there was less emphasis on overall top speed. Sebastiân Abril is the Naval Platforms Manager for the Navantia Technical Office. Watch his presentation to learn how designers are flexing to meet these demands.