The first day of the Monaco Yacht Show provided the perfect opportunity for the Monaco Police Department to officially launch its new high-performance rapid intervention vessel, the Saint Georges.
Ever keen to keep up with – if not stay ahead of – the times, Monaco’s Maritime Police Division has welcomed into its fleet a brand-new rapid intervention vessel (RIV).
The Saint Georges is a 10-metre Rafale 1000 model from the French maker and shipyard Sillinger. The semi-rigid vessel, which features the latest performance technology, will be a key tool in the arsenal of Monaco’s specialist maritime police department when performing at-sea rescue missions.
It can welcome onboard up to 12 people and has a maximum speed of 45 knots or just over 83 kmph.
The vessel, which replaces the outgoing Libecciu, was officially inaugurated in Port Hercule on Wednesday 27th September in the presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco, his wife Princess Charlene and niece Charlotte Casiraghi. The Saint Georges received the blessing of the Archbishop of Monaco, Dominique-Marie David, ahead of its first outing.
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Photo credit: Stéphane Danna / Monaco Communications Department