The new LST landing ship tank; an LST 100 class vessel will replace the two decommissioned Hippo-class landing ships NNS Ambe and NNS Ofiom which were Type 502 amphibious vessels built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) in Germany in 1978.
The NN and Damen Shipyards signed the contract on the LST 100 on 13 June 2019 became the effective date of contract for the LST 100. The contract duration as agreed by both parties was approximately 36 months from the effective date of contract. The Keel laying ceremony for the LST 100 was held on the 9 December 2019 at The Damen-Albwardy Shipyard in Sharjah the UAE.
Over the last 2 years several Factory Acceptance Tests with regards to various components of the LST 100 have been jointly and successfully completed by the NN and Damen Shipyards.
The bid opening process for the procurement of the LST was held on 19 December 2017 and supervised/Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands, Anadolu Deniz of Turkey and Indian Shipyards GOA of India competed for the contract in December 2017, which was conducted by a team from the Bureau of Public Procurement as well as a technical committee of the Nigerian Navy.
The LST contract is being handled by DSNS (Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding) the naval shipbuilding arm of Damen shipyards and the ship is being constructed at the Damen-Albwardi Shipbuilding Yard in Sharjar in the UAE.
Nigeria’s landing ship tank will be particularly useful in projecting power in the Gulf of Guinea and in international arena. In this role, LST-100 class ship will prove useful in the transportation of troops, military hardware, vehicles during maritime security operations. Additionally, the new LST will provide essential sealift capabilities during periods of national emergency.