US approves sale of two more Mark VI patrol boats to Ukraine

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on December 30, 2021, SAFE Boats International is awarded a $25,556,452 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-21-C-2201) for the exercise of options for construction, outfitting, reactivation, and training of two Mark VI (MK VI) patrol boats.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Mark VI patrol boat (Picture source: Topwar)

Work will be performed in Tacoma, Washington, and is expected to be completed by March 2026.

Fiscal 2021 Building Partner Capacity using Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds in the amount of $25,556,452 will be obligated at the time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

The Mark VI is a class of patrol boat in service with the United States Navy, designed to patrol riverine and littoral waters. 

The Mark VI is 84.8 ft (25.8 m) long, significantly longer than previous classes of Navy patrol boats. It has a crew of 10 sailors and can carry 8 additional personnel.

The aluminum-hulled Mark VI is powered by two MTU 16V2000M94 diesel engines connected to water jets that propel it faster than 35 kn (40 mph; 65 km/h), with a maximum range of 600 nmi (690 mi; 1,100 km).