2 Paxman Ventura 12CM diesels, 2 shafts (3,400 hp (m) (2.5MW)
Speed 12 Knots (20.5 knots max)
Length 107 ft
Beam 20 ft
Draft 6.9 ft
Displacement : 115 tons (143 tons full)
Complement 21 (4 officers)
x 4 (2 twin) Emerlec 30mm AA/surface
Radar TM-1229A (I) 28NM surface search (range, bearing)
IR decoy launchers
Gentlemen, find above the venerable NNS Makurdi P167 which continues to soldier on 39 years after she was commissioned on August 14th, 1974. At the time, no Nigerian Navy officer in service today had enlisted or been commissioned into the service. Indeed, our long-serving Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim enlisted in December 1974 after the NNS Makurdi had been commissioned !
Here is the story. The Nigerian Navy placed orders for a total of four German-built 31 metre Abeking and Rasmussen “Argungu class” ships in pairs way back in 1973 and 1975. In 1973, NNS Argungu P165 and NNS Yola were thus commissioned while NNS Brass P169 and NNS Epe P170 were commissioned in 1976.
In like manner and directly related to the subject-matter of this thread, the Nigerian Navy also turned to the Brooke Marine Shipyards of Britain for a total of four River Town “Makurdi Class” ships. These British-built ships were also acquired in pairs way back in 1974 and 1976. So NNS Makurdi P167 (pictured above) and NNS Hadejia P168 were commissioned on August 14th, 1974 while NNS Jebba P171 and NNS Oguta P172 were commissioned on April 27th, 1977.
That total haul of eight German and British 31-32 metre patrol craft, some of which are in storage while others are sailing, represent the oldest crop of vessels in the Nigerian Navy inventory. When NNS Thunder F90 was commissioned in January, one of the said German-built 31 metre patrol craft namely, NNS Yola P166, served as escort vessel to the NNS Thunder.
Gentlemen, find above a slice of naval history – the NNS Makurdi P167.