THE NIGERIAN NAVY HAVE QUIETLY INDUCTED RAIDCO MARINE’S 20 METRE RPB20 PATROL CRAFT

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
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.

TECHNICAL DATA

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

Propulsion:

– 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

Mission Profile

– maritime security
– surveillance
– patrolling
– prevention of drug trafficking+terrorism
– environmental protection
– search and rescue
– fisheries protection
– vessel traffic monitoring

(data: HOMELAND SECURITY TECHNOLOGY)

READ

http://janes.com/article/12341/raidco-sells-more-patrol-boats-to-africa

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)

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4 Responses to THE NIGERIAN NAVY HAVE QUIETLY INDUCTED RAIDCO MARINE’S 20 METRE RPB20 PATROL CRAFT

  1. beegeagle says:

    Also, here is a photo of one of the new 24 metre OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II with the stern ramp for lowering interception boats clearly visible – just like the 20 metre RAIDCO Marine RPB20 patrol craft are reportedly equipped with.

    (Photo Credit: Mer et Marine)

    Here is one example of a 20 metre SWIFTSHIPS vessel of the Nigerian Navy

     Mystery solved, a 65 ft US-BUILT SWIFTSHIPS patrol craft,refurbished to perfection, is it !!

    Mystery solved, a 65 ft US-BUILT SWIFTSHIPS patrol craft,refurbished to perfection, is it

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/world-exclusive-nigerian-navy-mystery-ship-identified-naval-aficionado-bramr-digs-deep-into-global-naval-archives-and-nails-it/

  2. peccavi says:

    Naval stuff pass my power so I’ll throw this question out to those with better knowledge but it appears to me mos tof our recent purchases are for use close to our coastline (I’m not sure what the ranges are) but I presume Naval strategy would be you would want at least 1 boat on patrol, 1 at rest and 1 at standby, so 3 boats per role or tasking.
    The question is are we creating a Naval force that can effectively close down our coastal waters and then another that can lock down the EEZ and another that can project power to the sub region.
    Because I am struggling to make sense of these purchases. As I said Navy stuff no dey my head so anybody who understands our Naval strategy/ policy abeg break down the deployments, bases and purchases for me

    Thanks

  3. Delavegas says:

    India builds and launches 37,500 tonne aircraft carrier
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23674627

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