Netherlands 918 Combat Boat 90 Fast Assault Craft, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on February 5, 2011

In 2010, Sweden's Dokstavarvet Shipyard modified 2 Combat Boat 90's to be lifted into davits of LPD's ("landing platform dock") of the Royal Netherlands Navy and the UK's Royal Navy.

During trails scheduled to last 6 months, the two boats and a full Swedish boat squadron will be embarked on, and deployed from, a Dutch Navy LPD as a fully integrated element of the amphibious forces aboard.

The one above is the Dutch CB90, pennant number 918, and is shown berthed against Crosswall Quay in the Tidal Harbour of Dover Marina.

The boat has rails on the stern deck to hold a vehicle and can carry 18 amphibious troops: see Netherlands Combat Boat 90 Assault Craft Rear View.

Just after the photos were taken, two Royal Marines arrived and were taken onboard by a member of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps (Korps Mariniers). Inside the bridge, a member of the crew appeared to be eating a pot noodle.

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 2.18 pm on Thursday, 3rd of February, 2011, from in front of Dover Lifeboat Station

The Combat Boat 90 (CB90) is a class of fast military assault craft originally developed for the Swedish Navy by Dockstavarvet. In addition to the many variants in service with the Swedish Navy under the Strb 90 H designation, the CB 90 has been adopted by the navies of several countries, including Norway (as the S90N), Greece, Mexico (as the CB 90 HMN), and Malaysia. Also the German Navy plans to equip the Berlin-class replenishment ships with the CB90. (1)

The CB90 is an exceptionally fast and agile boat. Its light weight, shallow draught, and twin water jets allow it to operate at speeds of up to 40 knots (74 km/h) in shallow coastal waters. The water jets are partially ducted, which, along with underwater control surfaces similar to a submarine's diving planes, allows the CB90 to execute extremely sharp turns at high speed, decelerate from top speed to a full stop in 2.5 boat lengths, and adjust its pitch and roll angle while under way. (1)

Press Report from The Local: Sweden's News in English (2):

Two Swedish Combat Boat 90s (CB90) have been loaned to the UK and the Netherlands for six months.

The boats have been rebuilt so that they can be taken aboard major warships. The possibilities of military cooperation with the two countries is expected to increase as a result of the loan.

"It is a way for Sweden to be able to support military operations," Kristofer Gattberg, project manager at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk, FMV), told the TT news agency.

FMV has permitted the building of fast military assault craft, in the case the CB90 model. They can now be hoisted on board larger British and Dutch warships, required for departure to international efforts around the world. Over the next six months, the boats will be tested by the British and Dutch navies.

British and Dutch personnel, including divers, have already received training on a CB90 in Sweden. The boats are suitable for coastal operations and military purposes, such as for disasters or pirate and terrorist threats. They can be used to transport people, medical care, command location and a complete weapons system.

For Dockstavarvet, a shipyard that builds boats, the tests represent the opening up of possible export markets. Previously, the CB90 model has been exported to Mexico, Malaysia, Norway and Greece and is used for military or Coast Guard purposes.

Class overview (1)

Builders: Dockstavarvet, Gotlandsvarvet

Operators: Swedish Navy, Royal Norwegian Navy, Mexican Navy, Malaysian Navy, Brazilian Army

Preceded by: Tpbs 200

In commission: 1991

Completed: 250-300

General characteristics

Displacement: 13,000 kg (28,660 lbs) Empty, 15,300 kg (33,730 lbs) Standard, 20,500 kg (45,190 lbs) Full load

Length: 15.9 m (52') Overall 14.9 (48') Waterline

Beam: 3.8 m (12'6")

Draught: 0.8 m (2'8")

Propulsion: 2 x 625 bhp Scania DSI14 V8 Diesel; 2 x Kamewa FF water jets

Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h)

Range: 240 nmi (440 km) at 20 knots (37 km/h)

Complement: 3 (two officers and one engineer)

Up to 21 amphibious troops with full equipment

Armament: 3 × Browning M2HB machine guns

1 × Mk 19 grenade launcher

4 naval mines or 6 depth charges

Also see Royal Marines LCU MK10 Landing Craft in the Western Docks.

In addition to the Royal Marines, the Navy tag also covers the UK Border Agency.

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(1) Wikipedia entry for Combat Boat 90

(2) Swedish combat boats loaned overseas

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John Latter on October 8, 2011

More information on the Combat Boat 90:

The German Water Police rented a Combat Boat 90H from the manufacturer Dockstavarvet for the 33rd G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany (6 June to 8 June 2007). This boat was involved in a high speed chase with three Greenpeace RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) which were trying to enter the restricted area near the Kempinski Grand Hotel where the meeting was being held. A video clip of the incident was later widely spread around the internet and can also be seen on a Der Spiegel webpage.

In July 2007 The United States Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) specified the CB90 for testing as its Riverine Command Boat. Safeboat International of Port Orchard, Washington, was given a US 2.8 million dollar contract to produce one prototype.

In June 2009 an unknown buyer from Abu Dhabi bought two civilian luxury versions.

Abridged from Wikipedia.

John Latter on October 9, 2011

On August 1st, 2007, the USA Navy Times reported:

"If the Stryker armored combat vehicle were a boat, it might be the CB90, a Swedish-designed shallow-water vessel that’s fast, lethal and flexible enough to be an ambulance or a fast-attack craft.

The United States Navy has decided to buy two of the boats, now known in certain Navy circles as the Riverine Command Boat (RCB), for use by the newest incarnation of the brown-water navy, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s riverine group.

Already in use with navies around the world, the CB90 originally was a product of the Swedish boatmaker Dockstavarvet. SAFE Boats International, based in Washington state, bought the licenses required to build the same boat for the US Navy." (Abridged)

Jeanette Harper on March 23, 2013

No cos im bored of boats now. ;-)

John Latter on March 24, 2013

Jeanette Harper, on 23 March 2013, a black day in the history of my time on Panoramio, mumbled:

No cos im bored of boats now.

And then added some kind of runic curse:

; - )

Dear Jeanette-wot-never-invited-me-to-her-farewell-do,

Having found no relevance between your message and any of the preceding comments, I can only assume that you had begun a conversation somewhere else and then briefly continued it here during a fleeting return to both planet earth and what passes for your senses.

Yours Sincerely,

John-wot-never-bears-a-grudge :) (<- these symbols are a counter-spell, not to be confused with anything else)

John Latter on March 25, 2013

Also see the UK Border Agency cutter photo:

HMC Vigilant and Old Customs House, Dover Harbour, United Kingdom

(UKBA Customs Cutter)

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  • Uploaded on February 4, 2011
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