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Malta's patrol boats on an anti-piracy training mission in 2011

Malta's Protector-class coastal patrol boat are 87 feet (27 m) patrol boats based on the Stan 2600 patrol vessel design from the Netherlands shipbuilding firm Damen Group. Malta ordered two vessels, numbered the P 51 and P 52.[1][2]

The Hong Kong Police were the first organization to order vessels based on the Stan 2600 design.

The United States Coast Guard ordered a total of 75 vessels, which they called the Marine Protector class.

On August 25, 2009 the P 51 intercepted a boat with 60 distressed illegal immigrants.[3]


  1. "New AFM patrol boats launched". Times of Malta. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 
  2. Hunter C. Keeter (October 2008). "Acquisition Success Story: the Marine Protector-class Patrol Boat Project". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  3. "Video: Italian media demonise Malta on illegal immigration". 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 

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