In December 2016 the Nigerian Navy christened a new warship – NNS Unity, the first in a new class of ships called the Stealth Offshore Patrol Vessels.
Displacement : 1500 tons.
Length : 90 m.
Speed : 25 knots.
Range :4000 nautical mile.
At first glance the bridge could be mistaken for a Space Shuttle (okay maybe not), the series of display screens, trackballs,communication etc certainly looks impressive.
There are wo things that makes NNS UNITY truly special.
1. It’s the first brand new ship the Nigerian Navy has acquired since 1985.
2. It’s the only warship designed specifically for stealth in sub-saharan Africa.
The sleek sharp edges and sloping surfaces means that it shows up on radar as nothing larger than a small fishing vessel. The fact that there is no comparative Navy in west, east and central Africa acts as force multiplier, the ship can sail into the coast of any country undetected.
Besides the traditional radars and deck guns, NNS UNITY also has a helipad big enough for two helicopters. Thanks to the ship’s sensors and radars NNS UNITY can deploy special forces into enemy coasts in the region undetected.