The new Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Cypriot Navy ‘Commodore Andreas Ioannides’ arrived in Larnaca last Wednesday, Naval Analysis reported on Twitter. Cyprus ordered the OPV from Israel in December 2015, and the vessel was built by Israel Shipyards Ltd. in Haifa.
Cyprus announced in a statement that the official ceremony incorporating the offshore patrol vessel in the Cyprus National Guard would take place on 15 January, at the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base.
According to a different report, the Cypriot MoD intends to purchase three additional offshore patrol vessels, together with four unmanned aerial vehicles. It is not clear whether Israel is on the list of suppliers. The original agreement with Israel Shipyards was for a larger number of vessels, but Cyprus did not have the necessary funds at the time.