9 August, 2013
A recent Jane’s Defence report suggests that Nigeria have quietly inducted an unknown number of the 20 metre French-built RAIDCO Marine RPB20 patrol craft which look very similar to the 24 metre OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II patrol craft, three units of which were commissioned into Nigerian naval service in February 2013.
Another undocumented acquisition and the earliest deliveries might have occurred as early as 2009/2010 – which was when this writer first saw a photo of the Nigerian unit pictured below and posted it online, misconstruing same for a P2000 Watercraft design.
(Photo Credit: Imageshack)
(Photo Credit: MER ET MARINE/Bernard Prezelin)
Pictured above Moroccan examples (for picture clarity and multiple angles of view) of 20 metre RAIDCO MARINE RPB20 patrol craft
RAIDCO Marine list the vessel below as a Nigerian naval vessel.
Moving on, the said RAIDCO Marine RPB20 vessel boasts a top speed of 28 knots and features a “rear ramp for launching a 6.2 metre fast response boat ” – as do the said 24 OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II patrol craft, indicating that the RAIDCO Marine RPB 20s would almost certainly be deployed for counterpiracy/board-and-search patrols and operations by the Nigerian Navy.
Length: 20 metres
Width : 5.3 metres
Crew :7-10(with onboard accomodation)
Displacement(full): 42 tons
Range: 500 nautical mile at 15 knots
Endurance at sea : 4 days
– 2 MAN 12 cylinder V diesel engines driving two fixed pitch propellers
(total power output of 1.47 MW)
* accommodates a custom-built RHIB
* ship features a stern ramp for launching the boat
* Furuno radar
– maritime security
– prevention of drug trafficking+terrorism
– environmental protection
– search and rescue
– fisheries protection
– vessel traffic monitoring
(data: HOMELAND SECURITY TECHNOLOGY)
The Nigerian Navy also own similar-sized 20 metre patrol craft – two units of British-built P2000 Watercraft (which also look very similar to the Raidco Marine RPB 20s), four units of 20 metre US-built SWIFTSHIPS and four units of 25 metre Shaldag Mk.II Fast Patrol Craft (one delivery pending)