Damen Shipyards Sharjah in the UAE held a keel-laying ceremony for an LST 100 landing craft for the Nigerian Navy on Dec. 9, 2019.
The start of the vessel’s construction was attended by Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.
Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, speaking at the keel-laying ceremony, said, “Today’s ceremony is a significant step towards actualizing the dream of restoring the Nigerian Navy’s sealift capability.”
“The selection of Damen was based on the track record of high-quality shipbuilding capacity, engineering as well as the belief in the company’s ability to adhere at the timelines for the delivery of the ship. As we say in the Nigerian Navy ‘onward together’.”
Damen has designed the LST 100 for a range of duties including amphibious operations, strategic transport of equipment and troops, disaster relief, evacuation operations and humanitarian assistance.
The 100-meter long roll-on-roll-off (RORO) landing craft can accommodate a crew of 32 people and 16 Embarked Marine Forces (EMF) in the deckhouse. There is an additional EMF accommodation for 234 pax at midship below the main deck. The vessel has a helicopter/UAV deck and significant space for cargo, loaded with the stern ramp, bow ramp or the 25 tons main crane.
The LST 100 is scheduled for delivery in 2022.