On June 17, 2022, the keel of the first Multipurpose Modular Patrol Vessel (MMPV) for Bulgarian Navy was laid at MTG Dolphin in Varna. The first keel block, weighting 47 tons, was laid over «lucky coins» in a traditional shipbuilding ceremony.
Commander of the Navy Rear admiral Kiril Mihaylov announced the name of the new vessel, which will be «Hrabri», meaning «Brave» in Bulgarian – proud inheritor of Navy’s torpedo boat of the same name from the beginning of 20th century.
The important milestone was attended by the President of Bulgaria Mr. Rumen Radev, Minister of Defense Mr. Dragomir Zakov, Chief of Defense Admiral Emil Eftimov, Commander of the Navy Rear admiral Kiril Mihaylov and other officials.
The vessels, based on the proven NVL design, are being built in Bulgaria by MTG Dolphin, acting as subcontractor to prime contractor of the project – NVL Group. When completed, they will be 90 meters/295 feet long, with a displacement of 2300 tons, and will feature a wide variety of naval capabilities, supported by integrated Combat Management System (CMS).