Nigeria Launches Second High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessel in Turkey

Nigeria's First Lady Oluremi Tinubu launches second high-endurance offshore patrol vessel for the Nigerian Navy, showcasing the administration's commitment to maritime security and economic development.

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Nigeria Launches Second High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessel in Turkey

Nigeria Launches Second High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessel in Turkey

On April 19, 2024, Nigeria's First Lady Oluremi Tinubu launched the second 76-meter High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) built for the Nigerian Navy at DEARSAN Shipyard in Turkey. The launch signified a notable achievement in Nigeria's dedication to protecting its territorial waters and addressing maritime threats.

The newly launched OPV is the second of two 76-meter vessels constructed by DEARSAN Shipyard for the Nigerian Navy, with the first one launched on October 26, 2023. The construction of the two OPVs commenced in 2022 as part of the Nigerian Navy's fleet renewal efforts to fulfill its constitutional mandate and ensure maximum presence at sea to curb illicit activities such as oil theft, piracy, sea robbery, illegal fishing, and the smuggling of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria's vast maritime environment.

The OPV has impressive specifications, including a length of 76.90 meters, a width of 11.90 meters, a draught of 3.60 meters, a speed of 28 knots, a Combined Diesel and Diesel propulsion system, a range of 2,500 nautical miles with a 16-day endurance, and a crew capacity of 47.

During the launch ceremony, First Lady Oluremi Tinubu emphasized that the acquisition of these high endurance offshore patrol vessels demonstrates the Tinubu administration's commitment to the Nigerian Navy's fleet renewal efforts towards a more secure maritime environment for the nation's economic prosperity. She commended DEARSAN for its high-quality shipbuilding capability and expressed optimism that the launch marked the start of greater cooperation between Nigeria and Turkey in areas of defense and economic development.

Why this matters: The launch of the second OPV showcases Nigeria's continuous efforts to bolster its naval capabilities and improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea region. By strengthening its fleet with modern, high-endurance vessels, Nigeria aims to effectively combat piracy, oil theft, and other maritime crimes that have long plagued its offshore waters and hindered economic development.

The event was attended by several high-ranking officials, including the Minister of State for Defence, the Turkish Deputy Minister of Defence, the Secretary of Defence, and the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla. Vice Admiral Ogalla expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his support and commitment to the Nigerian Navy's fleet renewal aspirations, emphasizing that "the construction of the two OPVs will facilitate the harnessing of Nigeria's maritime domain in support of the government's Blue Economy initiatives."

Key Takeaways

  • Nigeria's First Lady Oluremi Tinubu launched the 2nd 76m OPV for the Nigerian Navy in Turkey.
  • The 2 OPVs are part of the Nigerian Navy's fleet renewal efforts to enhance maritime security.
  • The new OPV has impressive specs, including a 2,500nm range and 16-day endurance.
  • The launch showcases Nigeria's commitment to combating piracy, oil theft, and other maritime crimes.
  • The Nigerian Navy's fleet renewal supports the government's Blue Economy initiatives.