In a rare instance of an older warship losing a guided missile launch capability, the Cameroon Navy's 308-ton, 26-knot Bakassi had facilities to launch up to eight MM 40 Exocet antiship missiles deleted during a major refit completed this August at Lorient, France. The deck space amidships now is devoted to a large rectangular exhaust stack; previously, her two 3,200-brake-horsepower diesels had exhausted through ports in the hull sides. The Bakassi also had her two Decca navigational radars replaced by Furuno sets and the electronic warfare intercept system removed. Retained were the two single 40-mm guns. The 165-foot Bakassi was completed by Societe Francaise de Constructions Navales in 1983 and is the largest craft in Cameroon's small fleet.
By A. D. Baker III