The first of two corvettes specially designed for the Nigerian Navy was launched at Portsmouth today (Sept. 16).
The first of two corvettes specially designed for the Nigerian Navy was launched at Portsmouth today (Sept. 16). Due for delivery early in 1972, the "Dorina" will provide accommodation for an admiral and serve as flagship of the Nigerian fleet.
The "Dorina" and her sister ship "Otobo" - to be launched next May -- will be known as "Hippopotamus" class. This is what the names mean in two of Nigeria's main languages.
The "Dorina" was launched by Mrs. S.O. Ogdemudia, wife of the Governor of Nigeria's Mid-Western State. Others who travelled from Nigeria for the ceremony were the Chief of Naval Staff, Real Admiral J.E.A. Wey, and the Deputy permanent Secretary of Defence, Mr. B.C. Popo.
The "Dorina" is of 600 tons displacement, equipped with a modern fire control system. Her twin Dissels give a maximum speed of 23 knots and a cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles. All living and operational working space are air-conditioned. Stabilisers ensure greater efficiency and comfort.
The "Dorina" has been built by Vosper Thorneycroft. She is the largest vessel launched from its Broad Street shipyard.