Nigerian C-Falcon patrol boats on order from France


Nigeria has a number of vessels on order from France’s Ocea, and this includes C-Falcon patrol boats. The country has received FPB 72 and FPB 110 patrol craft and is due to get a new hydrographic survey vessel next year.

The Nigerian Navy will be getting four C-Falcon vessels, according to Mer et Marine. The C-Falcon is 14.6 meters long and 3.6 meters wide, and can achieve a top speed of 45 to 55 knots with a range of 260 miles at 25 knots. It has a crew of four. According to Mer et Marine, Nigeria’s vessels will be 17 metres long and equipped with two hydrojets. They will be able to carry 16 commandos under the bridge. A ramp at the front will allow for beach landings.

Around seven years ago, Ocea unveiled a range of patrol boats including the C-Falcon, 21 metre C-Heron and 25 metre C-Sword.

Next year Ocea is also due to deliver a 60 metre hydrographic survey vessel, based on its OSV 190 model. Construction began in August 2018. The vessel has a crew of 34, range of 4 400 nautical miles at 12 knots and 115 square metres of laboratories. The Nigerian Navy currently uses the 1 050 ton Bulldog class vessel NNS Lana (A498) for hydrographic survey.

The Nigerian Navy recently received a number of fast patrol boats from Ocea, including two FPB 110s (the NNS Ekulu and NNS Nguru) and four FPB 72s (NNS Gongola, NNS Calabar, NNS Shiroro and NNS Ose). Another two FPB 110s and one more FPB 72 are still to be delivered.

Elsewhere in Africa, Ocea is providing FPB 98 patrol boats to Algeria (ten were ordered in 2018 after an initial six were delivered). The FPB 98 El Balaa has just been completed by the shipyard. It has also delivered a 58 metre long offshore patrol vessel to Senegal, in 2016. Ocea also completed two FPB 98 vessels for Libya but these have not been delivered.

The Nigerian Navy is constructing its own vessels, and is busy with a third Seaward Defence Boat at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos State as well as two 500-ton self-propelled barges.