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Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior III debuts
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Berne-Motzen, Germany (AFP) July 4, 2011

Greenpeace unveiled a new weapon in its campaign against environmental destruction on Monday -- a 23 million euro ($33.4 million) ship dubbed the Rainbow Warrior III.

The state-of-the-art vessel went afloat in Berne-Motzen in northern Germany ahead of its official launch to mark Greenpeace's 40th birthday in October.

The original Rainbow Warrior, a converted fishing trawler, was sunk by French agents in New Zealand in 1985 while attempting to stop nuclear testing in the Pacific.

The second is more than 50 years old and is being retired after having been "rammed, raided and bombed" in numerous campaigns against nuclear testing, over-fishing and illegal logging, Greenpeace says.

The 58-metre-long (190-foot-long) Rainbow Warrior III is the first to be built from scratch to its own specifications.

The boat is powered by sails on its 50-metre masts, by an electric motor allowing it to reach a top speed of 10 knots (18 km/h) and a diesel engine giving it 15 knots (28 km/h).

Capable of housing a crew of up to 33 for four weeks without outside supplies, it also has a helipad in the stern and its masts will be decked out with 48 antennae and other pieces of electronic gadgetry.

"It's a symbol of our fight," said Greenpeace Germany member Christian Bussau.

"We want the Greenpeace tradition of protecting the sea to continue, and that's why, for a third time, we're calling this vessel the Rainbow Warrior."

The ship was constructed at the 161-year-old German shipyard Fassmer.

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Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior III takes shape
Berne-Motzen, Germany (AFP) July 2, 2011
In a vast hangar in a north German shipyard, environmental pressure group Greenpeace's latest weapon is nearing completion: the state-of-the-art Rainbow Warrior III. "The Rainbow Warrior III is much more than a flagship," the group's spokesman Mike Townsley told AFP ahead of the vessel being floated on Monday prior to its official launch for Greenpeace's 40th birthday in October. "It is ... read more

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