NIGERIAN NAVY’S 38M MADE-IN-NIGERIA SEAWARD DEFENCE BOAT (SDB) PROJECT…AN EXERCISE IN LOCAL CONTENT DEVELOPMENT ; HULL FORMATION NOW COMPLETED

Vice Admiral DJ Ezeoba, Chief of the Naval Staff (2nd right), interfaces with Nigerian naval architects and engineers handling the construction work at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos

PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIAN NAVY

NIGERIAN NAVY DIRECTORATE OF INFO
2013-12-24

The Nigerian Navy (NN) 38m Seaward Defence Boat (SDB) project is a bold attempt at self-reliance in local construction of naval platforms.

Since the Presidential directive at the commissioning of NNS ANDONI, the CNS, V Adm Ezeoba has left no stone unturned towards the construction of SDB 2. The 38M SDB is presently under construction at the Naval Dockyard Limited (NDL).

The project started with the construction of the inverted hull as a single unit, while the superstructure is being built as a separate entity. Upon completion of both units, they will now be welded together to achieve a single compact unit. The various segments of the superstructure have been fabricated and welded together.

On 22 Dec 13, history was made in the NN,when upon completion of the hull, it was turned from the inverted position to the upright position and placed on keel blocks. This is the first time this evolution has taken place in the history of the NN, and this was executed with a 100 percent Nigerian Team.

The boat is now ready for the next stage of the project which includes; the welding of the superstructure, construction of tanks, piping systems, electrical installations and installation of propulsion machinery amongst others.

The vessel is expected to be commissioned into the NN fleet in 2014.

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9 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY’S 38M MADE-IN-NIGERIA SEAWARD DEFENCE BOAT (SDB) PROJECT…AN EXERCISE IN LOCAL CONTENT DEVELOPMENT ; HULL FORMATION NOW COMPLETED

  1. Donian007 says:

    KUDOS NN, ONWARD TOGETHER!

    • jimmy says:

      OGA TIM
      as dem dey say for our language nah this time since morning them just dey wake up. MAYBE THEM CONTINUE TO SLEEP NAH WHO GO SABI O.

  2. Victor says:

    What do you think about the new NA deployments? Especially the former MS a regular 25 as CAC while a regular 26 is the GOC 3 Div

    • beegeagle says:

      Oga Victor d precise :-)! Good to link up with you again. Allow me a little bit of time to create a thread dedicated to those matters.

      Many talking points guaranteed.

      • jimmy says:

        oga beegs you know your egbon understands not to put pressure on you but please this thread about the deployment is gathering steam and i know you will real deal so please o follow through as you normally do i am actively recruiting someone for the blog.

  3. drag_on says:

    Full steam ahead N.N

  4. Solorex says:

    Good and great news, we are very happy for the Navy-it’s a good achievement-however the future of domestic military ships building ultimately does not lie in Government owned Naval shipyards. They are great for upgrades and effective low cost refurbishment; however the future belongs to the private sector. The Navy needs to slowly take on the role of a researcher/specifier/client/partner/co financier and allow private sector to participate in joint ventures of the actual construction. This is a guaranteed future with endless possibilities. We have bought dozens of mid-size crafts (12m-40m) form private ship shards in Israel, Singapore and lately South Africa-Can recall what we have bought form a military ship yard in years! The time has come for us to take the giant leap and allow banks and big time financiers to put funds into the local military shipbuilding industry by soliciting designs, quotes from local shipyards (mandate foreign partners). We are buying 6 units (?) of 35m craft from a private Ship yard in SA and we are building a 38m SWDB in a year. I believe that we urgently need to review our defense industry business plan to reflect private local content for its basic survival

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