The Keel Laying Ceremony of two models of Offshore Patrol Vessel which the design, development and integration processes carried out by Dearsan Shipyard for the Nigerian Navy has been held at Dearsan Shipyard, Tuzla, ?stanbul on 16 September 2022. The ceremony held beneath the auspices of the H.E. Minister of Protection of Nigeria, Bashir Salihi Magashi. Dearsan Chairman of the Board Mr. Aziz Y?ld?r?m, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Ercüment Tatl?oglu, H.E. Deputy Minister of Nationwide Defence of Türkiye Muhsin Dere, H.E. Nigerian Ambassador to Türkiye Ismail Abba Yusuf, Nigerian Naval Forces Commander Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu GAMBO have attended the ceremony with the distinguished members of the Türkiye and Nigeria Navies, native and international friends, and press members.

Two vessels will likely be outfitted with locally-built sensors and methods. The design and development actions of OPVs will likely be configured in step with the necessities of the Nigerian Navy. earsan Shipyard will construct 2 models of 76 m OPV (76 meter Offshore Patrol Vessel) throughout the scope of the contract signed with the Nigerian Navy. The OPV’s, which have been configured in step with the Nigerian Navy necessities, will likely be designed and construct fully inside shipyard’s capabilities and outfitted with indigenous methods. The keel laying ceremony comes about 10 months after the Nigerian Navy (NN) signed a contract with Dearsan Shipyard to construct two models of the 76m Offshore Patrol Vessel, particularly on November 3, 2021.


Keel laying ceremony for the longer term Nigerian Navy’s 76m Offshore Patrol Vessel. (Picture by Dearsan Shipyard)

The 76 m OPV will likely be armed with 76 mm Leonardo Tremendous Fast Gun, 40 mm Leonardo Mild Naval Gun, two 12.7 mm Stabilized Automated Machine Weapons, two 12.7 mm Guide Use Machine Weapons, and two by two SAM SIMBAD RC. They may have a size of 76.80 m, a beam of 11 m, a draft of two.90 m, and a displacement of 1100 tons. They may be capable to carry 43 sailors and attain a high pace of 28 knots. The vessels will likely be able to conducting search and rescue, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, and anti-drug operations, in addition to catastrophe aid and different operations. They are going to be deployed to undertaking naval energy throughout the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), contribute considerably to the event of worldwide maritime commerce, deter oil theft, and supply secure seas for Nigeria’s marine and hydrocarbon sources.

DEARSAN, is a contemporary shipyard, which operates in ?stanbul, Turkey. DEARSAN Shipyard has the power to construct 9 ships of varied sorts on the similar time with its 126 m lengthy skid, 15.341 m2 closed ship constructing website, 15.870 m2 open space and 31.211m2 whole space. DEARSAN specializes within the design and development of personal army ships, with the mixing of weapon methods, in addition to within the development of complicated business ships. DEARSAN Shipyard has NATO Secret Facility Safety Certificates, NATIONAL Secret Facility Safety Certificates, ISO 9001:2015 High quality Certificates, ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Well being and Security Certificates, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Certificates and SASAD Protection Trade Producers Affiliation Certificates.