Brave class fast patrol boat

The Brave fast patrol boats were a class
Ship class
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 of patrol boat
Patrol boat
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s that were the last of their type for the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
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 (RN) Coastal Forces division.

They followed the Bold class, which were a pair of experimental turbojet powered boats. Only two Braves would be built for the RN, but the design was simplified and improved for export sales to West Germany
West Germany
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 (two, called the Vosper-class), Denmark
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 (five of the Søløven-class), Greece
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, Malaysia for the RMN
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 in 1966 (KD Perkasa P150, KD Handalan P151, KD Gempita P152 and KD Pendekar P153), Brunei
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 and Libya
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, and was also the basis for the Scimitar class fast training boat.
Power came from three engines; maritime versions of the Bristol Proteus
Bristol Proteus
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 turboprop, delivering a total of 10500 hp. These gave these 100 feet (30.5 m), 100-ton boats a cruising speed of about 40 knots (78.4 km/h). Their maximum speed was 52 knots (101.9 km/h).

They were built to be able to be used as either Motor Torpedo Boat
Motor Torpedo Boat
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s or Motor Gun Boat
Motor Gun Boat
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s. For the former role they had a 40 mm Bofors gun, four torpedo
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es (21 inch diameter) and two depth charges, in the latter two 40 mm guns and two torpedoes.


The two RN craft were both built by Vospers at Portchester
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:, laid down on 7 January 1958, 22 May 1958


In the 1970s the Japanese model company Tamiya
Tamiya Corporation
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produced a 1:72 scale model of the KD Perkasa.

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