French shipbuilder Ocea has loaded the final two C-Falcon vessels for the Nigerian Navy on a transport ship in Saint-Nazaire from where they will head to Lagos, Nigeria.
P 273 and P 274 are the third and fourth fast interceptor craft built by Ocea for the Nigerian Navy. The first two units were delivered at the end of 2020.
C-Falcon are designed for coercive intervention, escort and deterrence in the field of security missions like interception of vessels, infiltration/exfiltration, general surveillance, and ship inspection.
These 17-meter aluminium-hulled craft are powered by two waterjets producing a top full-load speed of 40-50 knots. They can be fitted with a remotely-operated machine gun.
The C-Falcon can also deploy up to 16 troops or special forces and their gear to coastal areas. The vessel is operated by a crew of two with the passengers seated in a fitted out area below deck. The hull is designed to be beached so that the forward ramp can then be lowered to deploy the forces aboard.
In addition to the C-Falcons, Ocea has also built 35-meter FPB 110 MKII type patrol boats and a hydrographic vessel for the Nigerian Navy.