Two patrol craft and a landing craft have been delivered to the Cameroon Navy. (Grup Aresa Internacional)
LONDON — Spanish shipbuilder Grup Aresa Internacional has delivered two patrol craft and a landing craft in a boost to the offshore capabilities of the Cameroon Navy.
The Barcelona-based shipyard said in a statement that two 24-meter Aresa 2400 CPV Defender coastal patrol boats and a 23-meter Aresa 2300 landing craft were commissioned at the Douala naval base in late November.
Grup Aresa also is building two 32-meter patrol boats for the west African nation and expects to deliver those vessels in February. Cameroon operates 12 smaller boats built by the Spanish company.
Defense spending is growing in Africa, including in the maritime sector, where countries are beginning to acquire new capabilities to provide offshore oil and gas security, to engage in counterpiracy and drug-running activities, and to combat illegal immigration.
Last month, South African defense and aerospace group Paramount announced it was extending its activities into the maritime sector with the purchase of a majority stake in local specialist shipbuilder Nautic Africa.
Ivor Ichikowitz, the executive chairman at Paramount, said the emergence of Africa as an “increasingly important global economic power has provided the shipbuilding industry in Africa with a huge opportunity to increase production and boost economic growth.”
Nautic is capable of building vessels up to 90 meters and is designing a 42-meter trimaran patrol vessel in conjunction with Paramount.