Turkish Dearsan Laid the Keel of Nigeria's First OPV

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Turkish Dearsan Laid the Keel of Nigeria's First OPV
On September 16, 2022, the Turkish Dearsan Shipyard laid the keel of the first of two high-endurance Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Nigerian Navy at Dearsan's facilities in Istanbul.

Nigerian Defence Minister Bashir Salihi Magashi, Turkish Navy Commander Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu, Turkish Deputy Defence Minister Muhsin Dere, Nigerian Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, DEARSAN President Aziz Yıldırım attended the ceremony.

Turkish Dearsan Laid the Keel of Nigeria

Dearsan Shipyard has agreed to build two offshore patrol vessels for the Nigerian Navy beginning on October 3, 2021. According to previous statements made by company officials, the keel-laying ceremony marked the start of construction of the vessels, which are expected to be delivered in 37 months.

According to the Chief of the Nigerian Navy's statements in October 2021, these OPVs will be capable of carrying out maritime interdiction operations, surveillance, and special forces operations, as well as providing naval fire support to land forces, allowing the Nigerian Navy to maintain its operational engagements on an upward trajectory.

Turkish Dearsan Laid the Keel of Nigeria

The ship's main naval gun will be Leonardo's 40-millimetre MARLIN gun, armed with Aselsan's 30-millimetre SMASH at the stern. The ship will also have two Aselsan 12.7 mm RWS STAMPs.

Turkish Dearsan Laid the Keel of Nigeria

HAVELSAN will supply the ADVENT combat management system, and another Turkish company, YALTES, will provide the operator consoles. The new OPVs' sensor suite includes the Italian company GEM Elettronica's 2D surface search radar and the EO fire control system.

Length overall76.90 m
Speed28 knot
Propulsion SystemCODAD
Range2500 nm

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