Nigeria’s Homeland receives third Damen-built patrol vessel

Guardian 3 at sea. Photo: Damen

Nigeria’s Homeland Integrated Offshore Services has received the third of four Damen 3307 patrol vessels which it will use to provide security and other support services to the international offshore oil companies active off the coast of Nigeria in the Gulf of Guinea together with the Nigerian Navy.

Guardian 3 along with the previously delivered sister ships Guardian 1 and Guardian 2 are themselves unarmed, but in the course of their duties carry security personnel along with their firearms.

Protection for those on board is provided by an armored wheelhouse and internal safe haven, while accommodation for up to 16 individuals enables them to remain at sea for extended periods of time.

Its axe-bow design and high-speed hull form delivers rapid acceleration and a top speed of around 30 knots

“We are excited to have received our third FCS 3307 Security vessel from Damen Shipyards, whilst awaiting the delivery of the fourth in the 4th quarter of 2017 and the planned acquisition of the fifth vessel,” stated Louis Ekere, Managing Director and CEO of Homeland. “Homeland is one of the few Government-approved, private maritime security companies operating in Nigeria, so the delivery of Guardian 3 has added tremendous value to our ability to provide turnkey security services to our clients and to meet their specific offshore and onshore deliverables.”

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