- Brave class fast patrol boat
The "Brave" fast patrol boats were a class of
patrol boats that were the last of their type for the Royal Navy(RN) Coastal Forcesdivision.
They followed the "Bold" class boats which were a couple of experimental
turbojetpowered boats. Only two "Brave"s would be built for the RN but the design was simplified and improved for export sales to West Germany, Denmark(5 of the Søløven class), Greece, Malaysia, Bruneiand Libya, and was also the basis for the Scimitar class fast training boat.
Power came from three engines; maritime versions of the
Bristol Proteusturboprop, delivering a total of convert|10500|hp|abbr=on. These gave these 100 ft long, 100 ton boats a cruising speed of about convert|40|kn|km/h. Their maximum speed was convert|52|kn|km/h.
They were built to be able to be used as either
Motor Torpedo Boats or Motor Gun Boats. For the former role they had a 40 mm Bofors gun, four torpedoes (21 inch diameter) and two depth charges, in the latter two 40 mm guns and two torpedoes.
The two RN craft were both built by
HMS Brave Borderer (P1011)laid down on 7 January 1958
HMS Brave Swordsman (P1012) 22 May 1958
* [http://www.bmpt.org.uk/boat%20histories/Brave%20class/index.htm British Military Powerboat Trust]
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