Nigerian Navy acquires vessels, helicopters to tackle oil theft
The Nigerian Navy says it has acquired 172 patrol boats, four helicopters, four ships and 14 unmanned aerial vehicles, in the fight against crude oil theft and sea piracy within the country’s territorial waters.
These acquisitions, according to the Nigerian Navy, came as the service attempts to deal with a continued spate of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, as well as oil thieves and other criminals in the Niger Delta region.
Naval Spokesperson, Commodore Suleman Dahun, said the Nigerian Navy has made significant progress in the recapitalisation of its fleet, with dozens of vessels commissioned since 2020 and more on the way.
Dahun in a statement said that France’s Ocea, has shipped the third and fourth C-Falcon interceptors (P273 and P274) to Nigeria, via cargo ship, just lastweek.
He explained that the first two (P271 and P272) were delivered at the end of 2020.
“Over the last eight years, Ocea has supplied one FPB 98 Mk I patrol vessel, eight FPB 72 Mk II and two FPB 110 Mk II patrol vessels to Nigeria. Ocea also won three tenders for two additional FPB 110, one OSV 190 SC-WB and four C-Falcon vessels.
“The two additional 35 metre FPB 110 boats were delivered by the end of 2020. In September last year, Ocea launched a new hydrographic survey ship, the Lana, which is expected to be delivered later in April 2021.
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