Delivers "NNS Centenary" First P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel
to Nigerian Navy
to local media, the first of two P-18N offshore patrol vessels (OPV)
ordered by the Nigerian Navy was delivered today at the China Shipbuilding
& Offshore International Company (CSOC)'s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan,
China. CSOC is part of the part of the State Shipbuilding Corporation,
China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). This OPV, reportedly
nammed Centenary, is the first patrol ship China has exported
to West Africa.
the P18N OPV on the CSOC stand during AAD 2014
P18N Offshore Patrol Vessel
In April 2012, Nigeria signed a contract with China to build
two P18N OPVs. Under the contract, the lead ship was to be built in
Wuhan with construction starting in October 2012, while the second unit
is expected to be partially built in Nigeria..
At AAD 2014, defense show that took place in September this year in
South Africa, a representative from CSOC gave us the following specifications:
P18N Offshore Patrol Vessels have a displacement of 1,700 tons, a length
of 95 m, width of 12.2 m and beam of 3.5 m. It is powered by two MTU
20V 4000M diesel engines. The maximum speed is 21 knots. The endurance
of the vessel is 20 days at sea (range 3000 nautical miles at 14 knots)
for a crew of 70 sailors.
- TR47 Tracking Radar
- SR60 Surveillance Radar
- Navigation radar (of chinese origin)
- PJ46 Decoy launchers
- 2x communication antennas under radomes
- UHF/VHF radios
The class is not fitted with sonars.
The Combat Management Systems (CMS) was developped by the Wuhan Digital
These OPVs are fitted with a H/PJ26 76mm main gun mount and two H/PJ14
30mm gun mounts. The class may accomodate a Z- 9 helicopter thanks to
its helipad. Only rotary UAVs may fit inside the hangar space however.
the first P18N OPV for Nigerian Navy in Wuhan, China in January 2014
Recognition was told that the P18N was designed by China Ship Design
and Research Center, or 701 Institute of the China Shipbuilding Industry
Corporation (CSIC) at the Wuhan University of Science and Technology,
P18N mainmissions will include coastal and offshore patrol, protecting
the EEZ areas, carrying out search and rescues, preventing marine pollution
and anti-piracy. Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, has seen an
increase in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea in recent years.