The SAFE Boats International company from the U.S. sealed a contract worths $20 million for providing two Mk.VI speedboats to Ukraine.
SAFE Boats International is an American-based company who design and manufacture aluminum boat for military, law enforcement and fire professionals. Headquartered just outside Seattle, Washington in the city of Bremerton, SAFE Boats is 100 percent American owned and operated.
The Mk VI is the U.S. Navy’s next-generation Patrol Boat and is a part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s (NECC) fleet of combatant craft. The Mk VI PB’s mission is to provide operational commanders a capability to patrol shallow littoral areas beyond sheltered harbors and bays and into less sheltered open water for the purpose of force protection of friendly and coalition forces and critical infrastructure.
The Mk VI is designed for optimal performance, fuel economy, and firepower. Systems are designed to reduce Total Ownership Cost (TOC), minimize manpower and improve reliability and maintainability. Powered by twin diesel engines and water jets, the Mk VI PB is capable of speeds in excess 30 knots (55 km/h) at full load and a range in excess of 600 nautical miles (1,280 km). She has berthing accommodations, galley and head/shower facilities to allow for extended missions. Additionally, the boat can be outfitted with ballistic protection and armed with a variety of crew served and remotely operated weapons.