Beegeagle’s Blog, on account of revelations made available through impeccable back channel communication, can authoritatively reveal that the Nigerian Navy have now formally lodged a request for the transfer of the soon-to-be-decommissioned Hamilton-class ship, the USCGC JARVIS. The 115 metre 3,250 ton vessel is said to be “95% certain to be decommissioned in December 2012″.
Nigeria was one of four countries, alongside Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Morocco which have lately expressed interest in the Excess Defense Article, USCGC JARVIS. In this apparently annual exercise by the US State Department, in conjunction with the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, “a list of potential EDAs is circulated for interest”. Countries that express interest get screened, and then there is an “Allocation” process.
In a related development, a total of 8 countries, have also expressed interest in the 34 metre WPB 110 patrol boats due to be decommissioned from service this year.
Our source indicates that the 110ft cutters are clearly used up and not worth the trouble for Nigeria. It was however not clear if Nigeria put in a bid for any of the WPB little ships. The Nigerian Navy would be well advised to steer clear of the 110ft cutters.
Further findings indicate that the USCGC JARVIS is currently homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, but will be transferred to California. She’ll be decomissioned in December 2012, but the transfer to a foreign end-user is not expected to happen earlier than March, and most likely in May/June of 2013.