NIGERIAN NAVY FRIGATE, NNS THUNDER F90

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5 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY FRIGATE, NNS THUNDER F90

  1. David Foote says:

    I have just posted a new photo on my Facebook page, taken 16 Nov 2011, of NNS Thunder, just out of the shipyard, and now wearing her new Nigerian gray paint and hull number. Very nice looking ship!!

  2. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, how do you reckon the NNS Thunder F90 should be armed? Note that her air search radar and CIWS have been deleted.

    Here is a bit of background info about the NNS Thunder:

    Source: Harpoondatabases

    “The crown jewel of the USCG, each of these high endurance cutters(Hamilton-class)are larger than the flagships of most of the world’s navies and at their peak in the 1980s were basically guided missile destroyers”

    *Entire class was upgraded 1980-92 with new sensors,addition of a MK 15 Phalanx CIWS and new small calibre weapons,torpedos,RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

    *5-inch gun(127mm)gun deleted and replaced with a 76mm rapid-fire gun.

    *With the upgrades, the ships were extremely powerful frontline warships.However, after the Cold War the need for oceangoing ships that powerful had declined and between 1995 and 1999, all ASW sensors and ASW weapons were removed, as were the Harpoon missiles.

    END OF QUOTE.

    So how and with what systems should the NNS Thunder be armed? Mind you…at 378ft and 3250 tons, she is only exceeded in size by the NNS Aradu (418ft, 3600tons). She has to be very well-armed.

  3. Muhammad Fahad says:

    Long Live The Nigerian Navy!!!

  4. Debayo Adelaja-Olowo-Ake says:

    First and foremost, the orbat to be deployed on board Thunder will depend on what role the NN authorities want to assign to it. It is obvious that like Aradu, Thunder is a blue water vessel and even though she has been variously described as being in Aradu’s class, in terms of armaments, Aradu is way above her. Therefore, I imagine that the ship could carry the same weapon-types as Aradu to enable the NN possess the capability to deploy either of the ships to the east and west of Nigeria simultaneously if a potent seaborne threat emerged at both ends at the same time. In effect, a mix of seacat, aspide and ottomat missiles could suffice to enable it confront and neutralise surface-tosurface and surface-to-air threats, as well as those underwater. Its radar systems must also be modern and this is where it could have a better advantage over the older Aradu. The question though is can Nigeria afford such array of weapons?

  5. Debayo Adelaja-Olowo-Ake says:

    I would like to also add that since it has a helo deck, any of the NN’s Augusta light utility helicopters should be located on board to give Thunder an ‘over-the-horizon’ recce capability, while the helo should of necessity be made ASW-capable.

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