Rear view shot of all three OCEA patrol craft with pennant numbers P175, P176 and P177
(Photo Credit: VOICE OF NIGERIA)
VOICE OF NIGERIA
Posted on Febuary 11, 2013
The Nigerian Navy has commissioned five fast patrol boats aimed at enhancing maritime security. The commissioning of the boats will increase the capacity of the Nigerian Navy to ensure effective security in Nigeria’s territorial waters.
One of the notable features of the boats
is its very high manoeuvrability with good sea keeping qualities. The three OCEA fast patrol boats are of 24.00m length with maximum speed of 32 Knots while the two Shaldag fast patrol boats are of 24.80m length with maximum speed of 45 Knots. The commissioning held at the Headquarters of the Western Naval Command in Lagos, Western Nigeria,came barely one year after the
commissioning of the Nigerian Navy Ship ‘Thunder’ and the Nigerian Navy-built ship ‘Andoni’ by the Nigerian President.
At the event, the Minister of State for
Defence, Dr. Olusola Obada, says the
occasion marks another milestone in the
history of the Nigerian Navy. According to Dr. Obada, the Nigerian Navy is making progress in spite of the constraints militating against its efforts
to optimally discharge its statutory duties.
“I am aware of the constraints
militating against the Nigerian Navy’s
efforts to optimally discharge its
statutory duties, especially in the
security of the maritime domain. It is
however gladdening to note that in spite of existing challenges,the Nigerian Navy has continued to do its best in safeguarding the nation’s maritime assets,” Dr. Obada stated. She said that the Navy’s resolve and dedication, so far has been a source encouragement not only to the Nigerian government but also to the citizenry.
Repositioning the Navy Dr. Obada said the acquisitions of the boats and others are part of the Nigerian government’s efforts to reposition the Nigerian Navy for enhanced effectiveness. She assured the Navy of the unflinching support of the government as they discharge the onerous responsibility of maritime security.
In order to ensure proper and efficient
deployment of the boats, the Chief of
Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba,
says a total number of 11 officers and 48 ratings have been successfully trained to man and maintain the boats. Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba says the acquisition of the boats and its subsequent deployment is an expression
of the Navy’s commitment to the
attaining its operational objectives.
He also acknowledged the contributions
made by the Chief of Defence Staff in the
acquisition of the boats, saying that his
bold and laudable initiative saw the
successful procurement of the Shaldag
and OCEA class fast patrol boats which were acquired from Israel and France.