Nigeria added one corvette to her fleet strength on Tuesday (25 May) when the Nigerian Navy Ship "Otobo" was launched at the Portsmouth yard of the British shipbuilding firm Vosper Thornycroft.
SV PAN new Corvette in dock
SV VIPs on platform
SV TILT TO name of ship NNS "Otobo"
SV Mrs. Kyari prepares to launch ship
SV Naval officers listen
SV Champagne hits side of ship
SV VIPs applaud TILT TO ship down slipway
SV Naval Officers cheer
SV Ship into water
SV PAN Naval Officer salutes
SV Ship in water
SV VIPs after launch (left to right) Mrs. Kyari, Mr. John Rix, Mr. Alhazi Kolo, Commander Soroh, Deputy of Naval, staff ZOOM TO CV and PAN right to left
SV Corvette in water
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Background: Nigeria added one corvette to her fleet strength on Tuesday (25 May) when the Nigerian Navy Ship "Otobo" was launched at the Portsmouth yard of the British shipbuilding firm Vosper Thornycroft.
The six hundred ton vessel is the second of two Mark 3 corvettes designed and built for the Nigerian Navy by the firm. Her sister ship, the NNS Dorina, was launched in September last year.
Designed for speed and manoueverability, corvettes are purposes built for a role as escort and anti-submarine craft.
The NNS Otobe was launched by Mrs. G. Kyari, wife and Colonel Abba Kyari, Military Governor of Nigeria's North Central State.
SYNOPSIS: A new warship is being added to the fleet of the Nigerian Navy. This corvette was built in Britain by Vosper Thornycroft. Its launching ceremony took place in Portsmouth on Tuesday. She was named the NNS "Otobo".
The ship was launched by Mrs. Kyari, wife of Colonel Abba Kyari, military Governor of Nigeria's North Central State. Naval officers were among the guests at the shipyard ceremony.
Mrs. Kyari shattered the traditional bottle of champagne against the bows of the vessel. Nigeria's newest warship moved smoothly down the slipway and into the waters of Portsmouth dockyard, the centuries old home of Britain's Royal Navy. The "Otobo" is the second of two Mark 3 corvettes designed and built for Nigeria by Vosper Thornycroft. Her sister ship, the NNS "Dorina", was lunched in September last year. Two hundred feet long, six hundred tons, the Otobo will be armed with twin four-inch guns, incorporating a modern armament control system.
Accompanying Mrs. Kyari were Mr. John Rix, managing director of Vosper Thornycroft, Mr. Alhazi Kolo, Nigerian High Commissioner to Britain, and Commodore Soroh, Deputy Chief of Nigerian Naval Staff. Their new corvette now awaits the fitting of its weapons, and the twin diesel engines that will given it a useful speed of twenty three knots.