These patrol craft belong to a series which were in Hong Kong Marine Police service until 2011 and were known as the “LAUNCH 80 series”. That means they are almost certainly 80ft long (about 26 metres) the Nigerian maritime security contractor which acquired them is known as OCEAN MARINE SERVICES. A minimum of FOUR of these ex-Chinese assets were acquired and I believe those to be as follows
Well, these are useful acquisitions to the extent that they are 26m patrol craft. It might interest you to know that the OCEA FPB 72 Mk.IIs of the NN are 24 metre assets while the Shaldag Mk.II Fast Patrol Craft are 25 metre platforms.
Given the fact that there might be ten more available units where this LAUNCH 80 patrol craft came from and bearing in mind the warming Sino-Nigerian naval ties, the NN could ask the Chinese Govt for the transfer of all ten EDAs. It might not cost us US$50,000 apiece to have each unit refurbished. That way, the NN can close out the requirement for this category of platforms until 2025 and thus be able to pursue higher aspirations namely, new and used corvettes and frigates.
This May 2013 photograph was shot at the OMS Jetty at NNS Pathfinder and was most graciously made available to me by the CEO of a leading global consultancy (arguably the numero uno in their field) with interests in maritime security and trade and who follows this blog.