According to a Tweeter published by CECMED on July 4, 2022, the Albanian class patrol boat Iliria Butrinti made a stopover in the south of France, in Toulon.
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Iliria Butrinti class patrol boat (Photo source: Cecmed)

Butrinti is a Damen Stan 4207 patrol vessel of the Albanian Naval Force, built at Pashaliman Naval Base. The patrol boat was launched on April 8, 2014.

She is used to perform a number of tasks and functions, including coastal patrol, search and rescue, maritime traffic control and surveillance, and protection of the marine environment. It is also used in joint operations between Albania and other European countries.

About Iliria-class patrol boats

The Iliria-class patrol boats are a class of patrol boats of the Albanian Coast Guard, based on the design of the Damen Stan 4207 patrol boat. The first ship of this class Iliria (P 131), from which the class takes its name, was produced in Gorinchem, the Netherlands by Damen Group and was commissioned in 2008.

The other three vessels were built locally from 2009 to 2014 in Albania by the state-owned Pashaliman shipyard. More than a dozen navies, coast guards, and other government agencies operate vessels based on this design.

While some of these ships are equipped for purely civilian patrols, the Albanian ships are armed with a remote-controlled 20mm Nexter M621 NARWHAL cannon.

The class itself was built to the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 design by Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands and has a steel hull with an aluminum superstructure.

Much effort was put into making them quiet to reduce crew fatigue; their engines are raft-mounted, the decks of all ships are of the floating type, and their compartments are built on the box-in-box principle.

A 7-metre (23 ft) Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) can be launched from the aft hold. They are fitted with a 2,000 liters (440 imp gal) per minute firefighting system to deal with fires in other vessels.