Nigerian Navy Acquires Patrol Boats for Maritime Security
The Nigerian Navy is in the process of taking delivery of 2 new French built OCEA FPB 72 patrol boats to boost maritime security. The vessels, GONGOLA (P189) and CALABAR (P190) are expected to arrive on 24 January 2018.
This delivery will bring to 6 so far acquired by the NN and 2 additional OCEA boats are being expected to join the NN fleet later in the year.
The FPB 72s are 24 metres long and 5.8 metres wide. They can reach a speed of up to 35 knots and have a range of 600 miles at 12 knots. Crew is ten. The vessels are equipped with a rigid-hulled inflatable boat on the aft deck. They are used to combat maritime crime, oil theft and militant groups that have staged disruptive attacks on oil platforms and pipeline infrastructure.
Acting Director of Information