Abuja - The Navy announced it would commission a Seaward Defence Boat (SDB) early next year.
According to Nigerian Navy Directorate of Information, the launch of the 38 metre vessel was a bold attempt at self-reliance in local construction of naval platforms.
“Since the Presidential directive at the commissioning of NNS ANDONI, the CNS, Vice Admiral Ezeoba, has left no stone unturned towards the construction of SDB 2. The 38M SDB is presently under construction at the Naval Dockyard Limited (NDL),” the Nigerian Navy Directorate of Information stated.
It added that the project started with the construction of the inverted hull as a single unit, while the superstructure is being built as a separate entity.
Upon completion of both units, they will now be welded together to achieve a single compact unit.
The various segments of the superstructure have been fabricated and welded together.
Earlier this month, history was made in the Navy, when upon completion of the hull, it was turned from the inverted position to the upright position and placed on keel blocks.
Nigerian Navy Directorate of Information said the boat was now ready for the next stage of the project which includes the welding of the superstructure, construction of tanks, piping systems, electrical installations and installation of propulsion machinery amongst others.
– CAJ News