The Nigerian Navy said on Thursday that the force was in the process of taking delivery of 2 new French built OCEA FPB 72 patrol boats to boost maritime security.
A statement by Captain Suleiman Dahun, Acting Director, Naval Information said, “The vessels, Gongola (P189) and Calabar (P190) are expected to arrive on 24 January 2018.
“This delivery will bring to 6 the number of the patrol boats so far acquired by the Navy while 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”.
Continuing Dahun said, “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.”