The Namibian Navy commissioned two ex-People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) patrol vessels at its main base in Walvis Bay on 27 October.
Namibian President Hage Geingob gave a speech, saying China offered to donate what he described as “two submarine chasers with surface and under-surface target attacking capabilities” in 2014 and the vessels were delivered in August.
“[They will] add tremendous value to Namibia’s naval combat surface and under-surface capability, as well as augment the country’s maritime patrol and surveillance capability,” he said.
Namibian and Chinese media coverage of the event showed that NS Daures (C 12) and NS Brukkaros (C 13) are Haiqing (Type 037/1S)-class patrol craft, a type primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare and built for the PLAN in the 1990s.
The class displaces 486 tonnes, has a length of 62.8 m, and a crew of 71. Their maximum speed is 28 kt and their maximum range is 1,300 n miles (2407 km) at 15 kt.
The Haiqing class is normally armed with two twin 37 mm Type 76 naval gun turrets, two twin 14.5 mm Type 69 heavy-machine guns, and two six-tube Type 87 anti-submarine mortars.
Instead of the Type 76 main armament, NS Daures and NS Brukkaros appear to be fitted with two single-barrel 37 mm guns in open mounts of the same type fitted to NS Elephant , which was built for Namibia in China and commissioned in 2012.
Unlike the two ex-PLAN Haiqings commissioned by Tanzania in 2016, the Namibian vessels still have their anti-submarine mortars.
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