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Nigerian Navy commissions Ocea fast patrol boats
« on: September 14, 2018, 12:03:43 PM »
Nigerian Navy commissions Ocea fast patrol boats
Mrityunjoy Mazumdar - Jane's Navy International
07 September 2018

The Nigerian Navy commissioned six new Ocea fast patrol boats during an official ceremony held at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos on 3 September.

The patrol boats include two FPB 110 MKII hulls Nguru (P 187) and Ekulu (P 188) and four smaller FPB 72 MKII hulls Shiroro (P 185), Ose (P 186), Gongola (P 189), and Calabar (P 190). All vessels were delivered between late 2017 and April 2018.

The FPB 72 hulls seen in the commissioning ceremony appeared to be fitted with a single pintle-mounted Chinese-made 12.7 mm heavy machine gun on the foredeck, while the FPB 110s have two additional guns mounted behind their bridges.

Both types can launch and recover a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB). For this purpose, the Nigerian Navy also commissioned 10 RHIBs during the 4 September ceremony. The boats appear to comprise a mix of Guardian 8.5 m and 9.5 m designs supplied by South African boat builder Nautic Africa. The outboard-powered RHIBs have ballistic protection and are armed with a single pintle-mounted machine gun similar to those on the Ocea patrol craft.

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