COMBAT SUPPORT BOAT
CET recovering a CSB & Trailer
Based on a requirement issued by the United Kingdom Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment at Christchurch, the
Fairey company started development of the 8 metre CSB in Autumn 1975, with the first prototype being delivered in 1977.
After trials on the Rhine and in the UK, a pre-production boat was ordered for further trials. It was delivered in May 1978, and the boat was accepted for service with the British Army in February 1979. An order for 58 boats was placed the following year.
In 1983 an order was placed for a further 12 CSB's to replace those lost on the Atlantic Conveyor during the Falklands conflict.
Combat Support Boat at speed
The first Combat Support Boat was delivered by Fairey Allday Marine Ltd in 1980. It has an aluminium hull and is powered by
twin Sabre 212 turbo-charged marine diesels through twin Dowty 300mm two-stage water-jets that can give the CSB a speed of
30km/h when fully loaded. It has a fuel capacity of 227 litres and a draught of 0.66m fully loaded and can brake from full
speed to dead stop in the length of the boat.
A stealth variant was produced in the late 1980's which was inaudible at seven knots at a distance of 285m.