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NIGERIAN NAVY (NIGERIA)

COASTAL FORCES

BENIN seaward defence boats (1961, 1953-1957/1966-1969)

Benin 1970

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Kaduna (ex-Axford)   Simons, Renfrew, UK   30/9/1954 1954 // 9/1966 deleted 1975
Ibadan (ex-Montford)   Pimblott, Northwich, UK   10/10/1957 1957 // 9/1966 captured by Biafra 30/5/1967
Ibadan II (ex-Bryansford)   Inglis, Glasgow, UK   2/4/1954 1954 // 5/1968 deleted 1975
Benin (ex-Hinksford) P03 Richards, Lowestoft, UK   4/10/1955 1955 // 9/1966 deleted 1982
Bonny (ex-Gifford) P04 Scarr, Hessle, UK   30/6/1954 1954 // 1968 deleted 1983
Enugu P05 Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, UK     12/1961 deleted 1982
Sapele (ex-Dubford) P09 White, Cowes, UK   2/3/1953 1953 // 1968 deleted 1983

Displacement standard, t

120

Displacement full, t

160

Length, m

33.5 pp 35.7 oa

Breadth, m

6.10

Draught, m

1.50

No of shafts

3

Machinery

2 12-cyl Paxman diesels + 1 Foden diesel

Power, h. p.

1100 + 100

Max speed, kts

18 / 8

Fuel, t

diesel oil 23

Endurance, nm(kts)

 

Armament

1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 7, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 7

Sensors

type 978 radar

Complement

26

Ship project history: Enugu was the first warship built for Nigeria, all other boats of the class were bought from RN. British Ford class without ASW equipment.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Ibadan (i) was seized by the Eastern Region prior to its declaration of independence as the Republic of Biafra 30/5/1967, renamed Vigilance but was sunk at Port Harcourt 10/9/1967 by Nigerian Navy. Later she was salved but later scrapped.

Benin 1970

Ivan Gogin, 2016