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The Nigerian Navy (NN) has taken delivery of three new 17 metre-long Manta Mk II ASD Littoral Interceptors and one new 25 metre-long Shaldag Mk II Fast Patrol Craft to help the force battle rampant maritime crime.

The Shaldag. Photo: IDF Spokesman
The Shaldag. Photo: IDF Spokesman

The four boats were commissioned into service at the NNS Beecroft Naval Base on Victoria Island in Lagos last week by NN Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba.

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The commissioning event also included a tour of the facility where the navy is building the country’s second locally-made warship, a 38 metre-long Seaward Defence Boat (SDB), due for delivery in June next year.

Manta. Photo: Suncraft
Manta. Photo: Suncraft

The NN now has 22 of the 17 metre-long Manta Mk II ASD Littoral Interceptors while the number of Israeli-made Shaldag Fast Patrol Craft (FPC) vessels has increased to five. The first two Shaldag FPCs were delivered in 2009 while two more were commissioned into service in February of this year.