NIGERIAN NAVY’S 24 METRE OCEA-BUILT COASTAL PATROL CRAFT START SEA TRIALS IN FRANCE

NNS Aradu F89, flagship of the Nigerian Navy

NNS Aradu F89, flagship of the Nigerian Navy

There are indications that the Nigerian Navy’s plans for the acquisition of Coastal Patrol Craft and Littoral Interceptors is beginning to take shape. Under its stipulated plan for naval acquisitions in 2012, the Nigerian Navy are lined up to receive two 110 metre, 2000 tonne Offshore Patrol Vessels, three 27 metre Shaldag Mk.III Fast Patrol Craft, three 24 metre Coastal Patrol Craft, six Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral Interceptors and four naval helicopters.

Even before the budget of the Federal Government of Nigeria was passed on March 15th, reports gleaned from a Jane’s Navy International subject-based alert published on March 26th, 2012 indicate that the French shipbuilding firm,OCEA which won the contract for the construction of three 24 metre Coastal Patrol Craft, put the first of the three patrol craft through sea trials on March 13th!

The text of the alert reads: “French shipbuilder OCEA commenced sea trials of the first of three 24 m coastal patrol craft (CPCs) for the Nigerian Navy
(NN) on 13 March “

It thus becomes clear that while Israeli Shioyards shall be constructing the 27metre Shaldag Mk.III craft, OCEA of France are constructing the 24 metre vessels.

The Suncraft Group of Singapore which have previously handled contracts for the construction of over 225 river patrol boats, landing craft and littoral interceptors valued at several hundreds of millions of dollars, are expected to construct six units of Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral Interceptors for the Nigerian Navy.

The 17metre Manta Mk.II Littoral Interceptor was first inducted into Nigerian Navy service in 2008 during the time at the helm of Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye. At the start of the Niger Delta amnesty in August 2009, they had acquired a total of four units of Manta interceptors. In 2011, a total of nine Manta ASD Interceptors entered Nigerian Navy service as follows: three units(delivered May 2011) and four units(delivered October 2011) all for the benefit of the Western Naval Command and painted in white colour while two units of Manta interceptors which are painted in hazegray were delivered to the Eastern Naval Command during the month of November.

It is expected that the delivery of this year’s batch of six Manta interceptors would take the total number of 17 metre Manta ASD Mk.II and 18 metre Manta Mk.III ASD Littoral Interceptors in Nigerian Navy service to twenty one.

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7 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY’S 24 METRE OCEA-BUILT COASTAL PATROL CRAFT START SEA TRIALS IN FRANCE

  1. jimmy says:

    MR Beeagle any pictures or artist illustration of what this will look like ? based on the size that you quoted this is in comparisim to the SHALDAG.

    • beegeagle says:

      When we have the photos, Jimmy, you can be sure that they shall get splashed on these pages.

      Yeah, they are intended to play a role that is comparable to what the formidable Shaldag FPCs have been known for. I doubt that they can surpass the standards set by the Shaldag and Super Dvora FPCs – crafted with pride in Israel.

  2. beegeagle says:

    GENTLEMEN, HAVE “DEFENCEWEB” AND “MARITIME SECURITY ASIA” TURNED US INTO UNPAID RESEARCHERS?

    Doziex and Yagazie it was who first drew attention to the fact that these ‘experts’ are borrowing extensively from or outrightly plagiarizing my work – sans any acknowledgement of their source, since they are too big to admit that someone does the Nigeria beat better. Neither have they sought my permission to use my content nor do they pay me for the work that I do which they USE and have using for over eight months.

    The firm emplacement of our blog in the defence and strategic studies community has coincided with a spike in their hitherto infrequent but now almost-daily reports on Nigeria. In effect, I write FIRST, then they wait for a day or two and then reproduce – no acknowledgement, no payment. Is intellectual fraudulence now the in-thing? Is that why they are on the blog 75 times everyday from South Africa?

    HERE IS ANOTHER THREAD WHICH THEY CLONED:

    beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/president-jonathan-approves-two-new-95metre-1800ton-offshore-patrol-vessels-for-the-nigerian-navy/

    PLEASE, be the judge ‘cos I am starting to wonder if these guys know what it means to be honest? You might say it confirms the class, influence and accuracy of Beegeagle’s Blog BUT am I not at least entitled to an acknowledgement of the fact that I did all the hardwork?

    READ

    DEFENCEWEB

    defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24719:nigeria-approves-procurement-of-two-new-offshore-patrol-vessels&catid=51:Sea&Itemid=106

    MARITIME SECURITY ASIA

    maritimesecurity.asia/free-2/maritime-security-asia/chinese-opvs-for-nigeria/

    The worst part of it is that the same culprit appears to run both websites and is apparently affiliated to ‘NMS’ etc as well.

    If these guys persist, I might be challenged to cause them some major embarassment, however much they try to rewrite my work with a view towards obfuscating the clear pattern of cloning which has become their stock-in trade?

  3. chidez says:

    Yeah beeg, I remember when the Nigerian Navy 2012 acquisitions were first mentioned on this blog not up to a day later I the same article on defenceweb, immediately I saw it I knew they copied it from this blog.

    I think you should notify them that you are aware of their actions and secondly, we should have a full domain name like http://www.beegeagle.com

    • beegeagle says:

      I mean, those guys are getting more callous by the day. If you need qualitative stuff, why not pay for it?

      Feathering their nests at my expense without so much as saying that this was where they got their the cloned stuff from? How about asking Beegeagle to WRITE for you and PAY for his services instead of sneaking around my blog all day, stealing stuff and passing it off as your ideas? Navantia and all those guys advertising on their website do not pay them money for it? Funny thing is that these same clowns would be paying some “know nothing” who struts his stuff as a Nigeria specialist or expert $5,000 monthly as consultancy while coming here to freeload my content? It is a pastime for many think-tanks, media houses and strategic studies chaps in Western Europe and South Africa. They would rather pinch the penny and poach content but would sue if they were in the same situation. Why not shed redundant weight and take on those with the knowledge and aptitude to deliver instead of stealing their content through devious methods? They do not have my email address?

      So why can’t I get my spread for my efforts which has stemmed from over 25 years of formal and informal exertions going back to my pre-teen years when my peers were reading comics while I lost a part of my childhood doing THIS?
      I mean, we quote Channels TV and Voice of Nigeria and they suddenly start quoting those? We unearth non-traditional Budget Office documents and they suddenly start seeing the same things

      That is how all the cheapskates shortchange themselves thinking that they can ‘copy and paste’ and get away with sharp practice. I noticed that he mixed it up when he said “Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim” – he forgot to add the “OUTGONE” in a fit of confusion and he thinks that there are 7,000 men in the Navy+the coastline is 780km instead of the 853km(same as Sudan’s) which it is.

      WordPress have been prompting me to pay something small and do the domain name switch which you suggested. Won’t cost $20 annually, they said.

  4. This is definitly a good acquisition if it can be equipped with gadgets to help it fight modern warfare.

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