PR 51 RIVERINE PATROL CRAFT
15 metre River Patrol Boat of the Bolivian Naval Force
39 METRE JACO CLASS PATROL CRAFT (China Type 062 “Shanghai III’ design) of the East Timorese Navy
Two things struck me about these designs – their simplicity and spacious layout. I am looking at the 15 metre patrol boat and it looks more livable and geared towards crew comfort than 17m and 18m boats in the service of Nigerian military and paramilitary services.
Looking at our labyrinthine Niger Delta with her 3,014 creeks and waterways, not to mention the need to stay afloat and on patrol for days on end, it does look like a great design for the purpose.
For coastal patrols in the shallow waters of our EEZ and for the interdiction of pirates in midshore precincts out to about 40-50 nautical miles, whether it be for launching RHIBs or engaging for pirates from behind well-positioned gunshields, methinks the modified Type 062 design of the US$14 million JACO class patrol craft built by Poly Technologies of China looks easy on the eye, user-friendly and potentially effective as well and it can easily be replicated by our naval architects and engineers at this early stage of our commendable efforts in military shipbuilding.
Good morning, gentlemen.