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Maritime Security: First Lady Oluremi Tinubu launches Nigerian Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessel

The First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu CON, has launched the second 76meter High Endurance (HE) Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) built for the Nigerian Navy (NN) in DEARSAN Shipyard Turkey.

Spokesman of the Navy, Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, in a statement, said that the launch of the vessel took place on Friday 19 April, 2024.

The Navy expressed confidence that the construction of the vessel “will boost the NN fleet renewal efforts for fulfillment of her constitutional mandate and ensure maximum presence at sea to curb illicit acts such as oil theft, piracy, sea robbery, illegal fishery as well as smuggling of Small Arms and Light Weapons among other crimes in the vast 84,000sqnm of Nigeria’s maritime environment.”

It added that the new vessel would also facilitate harnessing the enormous potentials within Nigeria’s maritime domain in support of FG’s Blue Economy initiatives.

The Navy recalled that “the first OPV built by DEARSAN Shipyard was launched on 26 October 2023, and the launch was graced by the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Muhammed Matawalle, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, the Charge D’Affair Nigerian Embassy Turkey, Ambassador Zayyad Habu Abdulsalam and other dignitaries.”

It said that the launch of the 76meter HE – OPV marks a significant milestone in Nigeria’s commitment to safeguarding her territorial waters and combating maritime threats.

Speaking at the event, Vice Adm. Ogalla noted that the construction of the two OPVs commenced in 2022. According to him, “DEARSAN Shipyard is constructing 2 OPVs for the NN and the first OPV was launched here on 26 October 2023.

“I am particularly pleased that the milestones on the vessel construction have been met and I hereby appreciate the management of DEARSAN Shipyard for their efforts so far.”

The CNS appreciates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, for his support towards ensuring the completion of the construction of the OPVs and his commitment to Nigerian Navy fleet renewal aspirations.

He also extended his appreciation to the Special Guest of Honour the First Lady of Nigeria Senator Oluremi Tinubu CON for accepting the invitation to perform the age- long naval tradition of launching a ship into water for the first time, a role often reserved for female leaders.

The specifications of the newly launched OPV are Length – 76.90m; Width – 11.90m; Draught – 3.60m; Speed – 28knots; Propulsion System – Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD); Range – 2500nm; Endurance – 16 days; and Crew Capacity – 47.

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