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IDEF 2023: Dearsan Shipyard showcases frigate NNS Aradu for Nigeria.

| 2023

At the currently ongoing IDEF exhibition, a model of the NNS Aradu (F89) is being displayed at the Dearsan Shipyard booth.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The MEKO 360 frigate NNS Aradu at IDEF 2023. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The NNS Aradu, which translates to "Thunder" in Hausa, is a renowned ship of the Nigerian Navy. Built by the German company Blohm + Voss, the NNS Aradu is the first in the series of the MEKO 360 general-purpose frigates and stands as the largest vessel in the Nigerian Navy.

The NNS Aradu is renowned for its capacity to carry out anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine warfare effectively. It has also participated in notable events such as the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Trafalgar. Beyond its warfare capabilities, the ship is equipped for electronic warfare and can provide naval fire support.

The ship comes with a ship-borne Lynx Mk.89 helicopter which is utilized for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue operations, and enhanced surveillance/detection.

The NNS Aradu has a displacement of 3,360 long tons at full load. She is powered by a combination of 2 Rolls-Royce Olympus TM3B gas turbines and 2 MTU 20V 956 TM92 diesel engines, allowing it to reach speeds of up to 30.5 knots (56.5 km/h).

Dearsan Shipyard's task is to refurbish the NNS Aradu, ensuring its continued operational capacity for the Nigerian Navy.

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