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DEARSAN Launches the Second OPV 76 for the Nigerian Navy

After launching the first 76m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Nigerian Navy on October 26, 2023, Dearsan Shipyard successfully launched the second vessel on the 19th of April 2024. This launch marks a major step forward in enhancing Nigeria’s maritime defence and security capabilities. The event was graced by the presence of Her Excellency the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Remi Tinubu, Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, underscoring the importance of this milestone for Nigeria’s naval operations.

Date: April 19, 2024 Update: May 21, 2024

The journey to this achievement began with signing of the Contract on 3rd of November 2021 between Nigerian Navy and Dearsan Shipyard fo two new offshore patrol vessels. Dearsan Shipyard began constructing the vessel on September 16, 2022, launched the first 76m Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) for the Nigerian Navy on October 26, 2023 and it has now come to fruition with the successful second vessel launch.

The OPV 76 vessel follows a modular design, offering versatility for a range of maritime operations. In peacetime, it will be deployed for offshore patrol duties, ensuring maritime security and surveillance. The vessel’s design also allows it to be swiftly equipped with sensors and weapons, transforming it into a formidable force for warfare and maritime defense purposes.The OPV 76 vessels have been tailored to meet the specific requirements of the Nigerian Navy, designed and constructed entirely within the facilities of the Dearsan Shipyard, in Istanbul. These vessels will be equipped with modern systems to ensure optimal performance.

These Dearsan OPV 76 vessels are poised to significantly enhance Nigeria’s naval capacity. The vessels will expand the capabilities of the Nigerian Navy, enabling operations such as maritime interdiction, surveillance, special forces missions, naval fire support for land forces, search and rescue, anti-piracy operations, anti-smuggling efforts, counter-drug trafficking operations, and disaster relief missions, among others.

The OPV 76 vessels are notable for their impressive specifications. They have a length of 76.9 meters, a beam of 11,9 meters, and a draft of 2.9 meters. The crew consists of 43 sailors, and the steel-hulled vessels displace 1,100 tons. The aft deck of the OPV 76 vessels can accommodate a medium-size helicopter. The armament on board is robust, featuring the Marlin 40 (40mm) main gun, ASELSAN 30 mm MUHAFIZ Remote Controlled Stabilized Naval Gun and 12.7 mm STAMP RCWS. Turkish company HAVELSAN will provide the ADVENT combat management system for the OPVs.