The privately contracted patrol boat NNS SWORD returning from duty on the Lagos Secure Anchorage Area in in April 2014.
PHOTO CREDIT: DIRK STEFFEN
Anyone ever heard about this little ship before now? It is unique in being the only 40 metre vessel used by the NN that I know of.
Visibly mounted in front is a 12.7mm HMG, almost certainly a Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 type. Initially, I thought this was one of the eight units of Abeking+Rasmussen/Brooke Marine 31m-32.6m patrol craft acquired by the Nigerian Navy in the early-mid-1970s. But she is not and I am scratching my head trying to figure out where, when and what the details concerning this one are.
Call Sign: P747
Flag: Nigeria (NG)
Type: Special Craft
Length x Breadth: 40m × 10m