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Turkish shipyard to refit Nigerian Navy’s flagship

11th June 2023 - 09:00 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul

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The 125.6m NNS Aradu is the largest ship in the Nigerian Navy. As a multi-purpose frigate, it has anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities. (Photo: Dearsan)

Turkish shipbuilder Dearsan is to refit the MEKO 360 frigate NNS Aradu and supply a 57m Tuzla patrol vessel to Nigeria.

On 6 June, Türkiye's Dearsan Shipyard signed a contract with the Nigerian Navy in Abuja to overhaul the service's flagship, the MEKO 360-class frigate NNS Aradu, and deliver a 57m Tuzla-class patrol vessel.

Before the signing ceremony, there were reports in Nigerian and Turkish media outlets that the Nigerian Navy was planning to procure an F-142 frigate from Dearsan. However, the contract does not include the purchase of the frigate, with Nigeria ordering the patrol vessel instead.

The new deal is the second collaboration of Dearsan with Nigeria. The two sides inked a contract for two OPVs on 3 October

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Tayfun Ozberk is a former naval officer who is an expert in surface warfare, particularly …

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