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Subject: Who makes the Best pound for pound OPVs?
GreyJackal    8/15/2007 1:50:58 PM
Who makes the OPV that gets the most bang for the buck?
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GreyJackal       8/17/2007 1:17:47 AM
No takers?
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Herald1234    Parameters.   8/17/2007 2:25:45 AM
or in simple English, to do what?
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GreyJackal       8/17/2007 8:57:15 AM
To survey the sea.
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Herald1234    ??????????????????????   8/17/2007 9:04:45 AM
Then the question should be, which oceanagraphic ship is beat designed to survey the sea. An OPV has more of a police function.
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Lawman       8/18/2007 3:50:05 AM
Sorry, but the question is a bit 'how long's a piece of string?', you need to define the role and environment. For instance, Italy makes the excellent Commandante Cigala Fulgosi class OPV, which is pretty much ideal for its role in the Med. Put the same ship in the Falklands, where the UK uses its OPVs, and it would probably struggle. Equally, in the Gulf, the UAE has the Baynunah class corvette/OPV, which is pretty well suited to their needs, and packs a lot of punch. The problem being that the ship is too small to survive the open ocean, and would rapidly become an artificial reef if used in the South Atlantic for instance.
Basically, OPVs are generally fisheries and EEZ patrol ships, more interested in stopping poachers and smugglers than enemy warships, and yet some nations call similar sized ships OPVs, which are really corvettes. The truth is that it all depends on the role, but there are very good candidates, like Britain's OPV(H), and the Italian Commandantes, and maybe even some of the new USCG ships!
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