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    The new patrol boats arrived in the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan on Wednesday (25 October), delivered by a contingent from the French Navy.

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    The new patrol boats arrived in the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan on Wednesday (25 October), delivered by a contingent from the French Navy. The French-made boats, named 'L'Ardent' and L'Intrepide', were officially handed over to the Ivory Coast government on the eighth of October before making the voyage to their home berth.

    SYNOPSIS: Abidjan is the most important sea port in French-speaking Africa, serving as a maritime outlet, not only for the Ivory Coast, but also for Mali, Upper Volta and Niger. The new boats double the naval patrol capacity of the Ivory Coast. All four are equipped with the latest radar equipment.

    The new boats -- to be used for both defence and for surveying coastal waters -- are part of a government plan to build a well-equipped navy to defend the Ivory Coast's economic interests in the marine industry.

    The government intends eventually to organise its small navy into two coastal patrol squadrons.

    Each boat carried a crew of nineteen, who are trained in the use of the most sophisticated navigational equipment. Their craft are classed as large patrol boats -- forty-one metres (44.8 yards) long, six metres (6.5 yards) wide, with two diesel engines generating four thousand horsepower for a top speed of twenty-eight knots. The Ivory Coast's Navy Minister, Monsieur Lamine Fadika said they would strengthen the fleet's security and independence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA22ODCK0KE3N1LMM5NYFH5GA9G
    Media URN:
    VLVA22ODCK0KE3N1LMM5NYFH5GA9G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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