Namibian Navy commissions two Haiqing Anti-Submarine patrol ships, donated by China

Just few weeks after the Namibian high command changed its naval chief in September at an elaborate ceremony held in the Naval Headquarters at Walvis Bay where Admiral Winston Nghipandua took over from Admiral Peter Vilho at the navy has began receiving new vessels to boost it’s maritime presence.

At the ceremony, Admiral Vilho reaffirms the importance of the navy in the Namibian economy and maritime industry, increased in National GDP due to more secure fishing activities and the import and export market.

He further tasked the government in investing in the navy and also in engaging foreign international partners. The Namibian Navy became fully operational in 1998.

On Oct. 27, the Namibian Navy commissioned two Haiqing Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) patrol ships at Walvis Bay. The event was graced by the Namibian President Hage Geingob along with some important Chinese delegates.

The two vessels, Brukkaros and Daures, are state-of-the-art Haiquing anti-submarine warfare corvette capable of detecting, tracking and engaging underwater vessels. Both ships were donated by the Chinese government in its drive to secure the waters of Southern Africa.

Both vessels would be used to protect the Namibian territorial integrity and it’s maritime resources. The Namibian President thanks the Chinese government for its support and says the ships would be used for its territorial protection, Anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare and for patrol and surveillance against all maritime threats.

One of the newly commissioned Namibian Navy corvette undergoing sea trials

The single mounted 57mm and the dual mounted 25mm gun can be clearly seen at the aft of the Daures.

Namibian Navy Haiqing Anti-submarine corvette specifications

Displacement: 430 tonnes (420 long tons; 470 short tons)
Length: 58.77 m (192 ft 10 in)
Beam: 7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)
Draft: 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Propulsion: 4 × diesel engines, 8,800 hp (6,562 kW)
4 × shafts
Speed: 30.5 knots (56.5 km/h; 35.1 mph)
Range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 70 crew
Sensors and processing systems: 1 × Pot Head surface search radar
1 × Soviet Tamir-II hull mounted or SJD-3 telescoping high frequency active sonar
Armament: 4 × Chinese Type 66 57 mm (2.2 in) guns (2×2)
4 × Chinese Type 61 25 mm (0.98 in) guns (2×2)
4 × RBU-1200 or Type 81
ASW rocket launchers
2 × BMB-2 ASW mortars
2 × depth charge rails with more than 20 depth charges, and mine rails (10 mines total)

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