The Nigerian Navy says it will on Saturday 11 November 2017, launch 20 new patrol boats at NNS DELTA, Warri-Delta State.
These comprise of 16 locally built Epenal boats and 4 Rigid Hull Inflatable boats imported from South Africa.
In a statement issued by its Director of Information, Captain Dahun,the latest addition of boats is part of the key priorities in the Chief of the Naval Staff Strategic Directives for 2017, which is aimed at boosting Nigerian Navy operations.
He said, " The service deeply appreciates the support of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari towards the recapitalization efforts of the Nigerian Navy".
The newly acquired patrol boats are expected to be deployed to boost the Navy’s ongoing operations in tackling maritime crimes, particularly crude oil theft, illegal refining of crude oil and other unwholesome security threats in the maritime domain.