A computer-generated image of Nigeria’s incoming 1,800 ton P18N stealth Offshore Patrol Vessels. These are enlarged Type 056 platforms featuring flight decks and aircraft hangars, unlike the 1,440 ton Type 056 corvettes which only feature flight decks.Two of such new-build P18N OPVs will be delivered to the Nigerian Navy in the months ahead, with the first possibly arriving sometime between April and May 2014.
PHOTO CREDIT: CSOC
PHOTO CREDIT: BERNARD PREZELIN
A new-build 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II Coastal Patrol Craft intended for delivery to the Nigerian Navy. Two units of this ship are on order for the Nigerian Navy. These would probably complement the in-service, Made-in-Nigeria NNS Andoni, a 31 metre vessel.
NNS Andoni P100, crafted with pride in Nigeria by the Nigerian Navy
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The Nigerian Navy are also now constructing an even larger 38 metre patrol craft. Bearing in mind the in-service pair of 38 metre Sea Eagle Offshore Patrol Craft and the formation of a third fleet command (Central Naval Command) in 2012, the Made-in-Nigeria 38 m craft under construction is almost certainly intended to ensure that ships of this size category are evenly spread out to all three fleet commands.
Earlier on in February 2013, the NN commissioned three units of 24metre OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II patrol craft into service. At the time, the Nigerian Navy also acquired two more units of 25 metre Shaldag FPCs, to add to two Shaldag units commissioned in 2009. An additional unit of Shaldag FPC, the fifth unit overall, is also expected to be delivered to the Nigerian Navy anytime soon, a carried over delivery from a 2012 order.
USED SHIPS ALSO DESTINED FOR NIGERIAN NAVAL SERVICE
In May 2013, Nigeria’s Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral DJ Ezeoba announced the imminent transfer of the following US Coast Guard and US Navy ships to the
The USCGC Gallatin is a 115 metre 3,250 ton Hamilton-class ship. She is a sister ship to the NNS Thunder F90 which was transferred to the Nigerian Navy on May 13, 2011 and entered Nigerian service on January 23, 2012.
The USNS John McDonnell is a 64 metre 2,054 ton oceanographic survey ship