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Dearsan Shipyard Launches Nigeria’s Second OPV

Dearsan Shipyard Launches Nigeria’s Second OPV

Dearsan Shipyard has launched today’s second 76m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Nigerian Navy. The Shipyard has launched the first OPV on October 26, 2023. Dearsan Shipyard launched the second OPV on April 19, 2024. This launch is a significant step forward in strengthening Nigeria’s marine defence and security capabilities. Remi Tinubu, Nigeria’s First Lady, Minister of State for Defence Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle, and Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, Chief of Naval Staff, attended the launching ceremony. The Nigerian Navy and Dearsan Shipyard inked a deal for two OPVs in November 2021. Dearsan Shipyard began construction on the vessel on September 16, 2022, and completed the first 76m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Nigerian Navy on October 26, 2023. It has recently launched its second vessel. The OPV 76 vessel has a modular design, making it suitable for various marine missions. During peacetime, it will be used for offshore patrols, guaranteeing maritime security and surveillance. The vessel’s design also enables quick equipping with sensors and weaponry, making it a powerful force for combat and marine defence. The OPV 76 vessels were developed and built entirely at the Dearsan Shipyard in Istanbul to satisfy the Nigerian Navy’s particular requirements. The OPV 76 vessels are 76.9 metres long, with a beam of 11.9 metres and a draft of 2.9 metres. The steel-hulled vessels displace 1,100 tonnes and have a crew of 43 sailors. The aft deck of the OPV 76 vessels can hold a medium-sized helicopter. The weaponry on board includes the Marlin 40 (40mm) main gun, the ASELSAN 30 mm MUHAFIZ Remote Controlled Stabilised Naval Gun, and the 12.7 mm STAMP RCWS. HAVELSAN, a Turkish business, will deliver the ADVENT combat management system for the OPV.

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