Within the scope of the requirements of the Nigerian Naval Forces Command where the design, integration, and construction belongs to Dearsan Shipyard, the ceremony of laying the keels for the 2 (two) units of 76-meter High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessels, was held at Dearsan Shipyard on 16th September 2022, Friday.
The Ceremony was held under the auspices of Nigerian Ministry of Defence H.E. Bashir Salihi Magashi, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu, Turkish Deputy Defense Minister Muhsin Dere, Nigerian Navy Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chairman of Board of Dearsan Shipyard Mr. Aziz Yıldırım, Nigerian Ambassador to Türkiye Ismail Abba Yusuf as well as many members of the Navy, local and foreign guests, and many local, and foreign press members have attended.
After the speeches, Dearsan Chairman of the Board Mr. Aziz Yıldırım, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu, Turkish Deputy Defense Minister Mr. Muhsin Dere, Nigerian Minister of Defence H.E. Bashir Salihi Magashi and Commander of the Nigerian Naval Forces Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo has attended the keel-laying ceremony. After the group photo shoot of the protocol members and the presentation of gifts for this ceremony, the guests were hosted in the cocktail area at Dearsan Shipyard and examined the first blocks of 2 units of 76-meter Offshore Patrol Vessels.