Croatia Strengthens Coastal Defense with the Introduction of the New Omi Sibenik Inshore Patrol Boat

The Croatian Navy recently expanded its capabilities with the delivery of a new inshore patrol boat. The vessel, named Omi with pennant number OOB-31, will conduct coastal operations aimed at enhancing maritime security.

Built locally by the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit, the Omi displaces 35 tons and measures 34 meters in length. It has a beam of 7 meters and a shallow 1.7 meter draught, enabling access to confined coastal areas and river mouths. Powered by two diesel engines, the Omi can reach speeds up to 30 knots.

According to the Croatian Defense Ministry, the Omi’s primary missions will include fisheries inspection, combating smuggling activities, and general coastal patrol. It will also provide safety and security support during swimming marathons or regattas. The vessel’s shallow draught and maneuverability make it well-suited for these roles.

To accomplish its missions, the Omi is equipped with a 20 mm cannon, two 12.7 mm machine guns, and a compliment of small arms. It also carries a rigid-hulled inflatable boat for boarding operations. On the navigation front, the Omi has radar, GPS, and an automatic identification system.

The Omi is the first of two identical patrol boats constructed for the Croatian Navy under an $11 million contract. Its sister ship, the Komi, is scheduled for delivery later this year to join maritime operations. The patrol vessels will be forward deployed to the Navy’s coastal bases at Split and Pula.

The Croatian Navy says these new patrol boats represent an important capability boost, allowing expanded coastal enforcement and better protection of the nation’s territorial waters. With its commissioning, the Omi will now begin active duty along the stunning Adriatic coastline.

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