NIGERIAN NAVY MOVE AGAINST ILLEGAL BUNKERING, PIRACY AND SEA ROBBERY; EXERCISE FARAUTA BEGINS

NNS Thunder F90 sails into Nigerian waters from the USA, January 2012

NNS Thunder F90 sails into Nigerian waters from the USA, January 2012

Two of the Nigerian Navy's Cat class logistics ships, donated by the USCG

Two of the Nigerian Navy’s Cat class logistics ships, donated by the USCG

NNS Burutu P174, a 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Offshore Patrol Craft

NNS Burutu P174, a 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Offshore Patrol Craft

Nigerian Navy Agusta A109e Power helicopters

Nigerian Navy Agusta A109e Power helicopters

THISDAY
By Chiemelie Ezeobi,

The Nigerian Navy has declared war on
oil bunkering, sea robbery, piracy and
other criminal activities that take place
within the maritime domain of the
nation’s waterways.

The NN Chief of Training and Operations
(CTOPs), Naval Headquarters, Rear
Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor, said the quest
was in pursuance of the mandate of
President Goodluck Jonathan, to stamp
out acts of illegality in the nation’s maritime domain. He made this disclosure yesterday on-board Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) Thunder, at the kick off of the major fleet evaluation exercise code-named Exercise Farauta, a Hausa word for hunting.

According to him, the aim of the exercise is to intensify the ongoing naval operations in the Niger Delta region and would pay emphasis on Bonny-Akassa-Escravos axis, an area which, he said, was notorious for crude oil theft.

He said: “The exercise will enable the NN to assess its operational capability with a view to identifying gaps and taking necessary measures to fill such gaps for enhanced operational readiness. The synergy of this effort will ensure full mission accomplishment across the threat spectrum with specific emphasis to immediately end all criminal activities in the Niger Delta region.”

Ogbor said a total of eight ships, six gunboats and three helicopters including elements of the Nigerian Army and Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force will be taking part in the exercise.

Speaking on the role of the Nigerian
Army (NA) in the exercise, the Commander, 2 Brigade Port Harcourt,
Brig-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said they were
geared to launch assault against any acts of illegality. He said: “We are on board the ship as standby troops in case of any emergency. Per adventure we are required to, we will assault any illegal refinery or any criminal hideout discovered during the operation.”

Also, the Command Operations Officer,
Mobility Command of the Nigerian Air
Force (NAF), Yenogoa, Bayelsa State, Air
Commodore Joseph Adeleke, said the
responsibility of NAF was purely
surveillance-inclined. He said: “Our job is to carry out surveillance and give the navy feedback. We give them grid reference on the location of ships and then they will deploy their ships to that particular location.”

The ships involved are Nigerian Naval
Ships (Thunder), Zaria, Andoni, Makurdi,
Burutu, Obula, Nwamba and Kyanwa. Others are six gunboats, Augusta
Helicopter 07, Augusta Helicopter 08,
Augusta 08 and one Nigerian Air Force
Maritime Patrol aircraft.

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7 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY MOVE AGAINST ILLEGAL BUNKERING, PIRACY AND SEA ROBBERY; EXERCISE FARAUTA BEGINS

  1. beegeagle says:

    PARTICIPATING

    * NNS Thunder F90 – a 115 metre 3250 ton warship

    * NNS Zaria, a 38 metre Sea Eagle Mk.II Offshore Patrol Craft

    * NNS Burutu, a 38 metre Sea Eagle Mk.II Offshore Patrol Craft

    * NNS Obula, ex-USCG 1,041 ton long range patrol/logistics ship

    * NNS Nwamba, ex-USCG 1,041 ton long range patrol/logistics ship

    * NNS Kyanwa, ex-USCG 1,041 ton long range patrol/logistics ship

    * NNS Makurdi P167, a Brooke Marine 35 metre coastal patrol craft – commissioned in 1974

    * NNS Andoni P100, a 31 metre MADE-IN-NIGERIA coastal patrol craft

  2. chidez says:

    The Nigerian navy is really exploiting the NNS ANDONI, has anyone noticed that this ship has been deployed in many of the NN operations since it was commissioned? This proves that the NNS ANDONI is capable and up to the standard requirement for a ship in it class!

  3. jimmy says:

    aye ,aye sailor
    Regardless of the specifics , What gladdens the heart is that this is the first comprehensive naval/ army/ air force joint tri- service military maneuvers of the year. The lesson is not about showcasing what you have or not have but what works and what does not work, the time-frame ( which is always crucial) to fulfill a given military objective. What should be given immediate priority from this experience.

  4. Deway says:

    Those cat class logistic vessels are really proving to be the navy’s work horses. I think we should go for more. I also wonder about the corvettes – Mk3 and Mk9? Are they seaworthy at the moment?

    • RE more Cat Class logistics vessels: There are 3 of them in the reserve fleet in California, in very tough shape, tangled in bureaucratic red tape. Better would be to buy second-hand Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels, or even new builds – roughly the same size, toughness, shallow draft, but new(er) everything. The AHTS have more horsepower and maneuverability than their cousins, the Platform Supply Vessel, but either would fit the mission, with the addition of more berthing, and possible a helideck for a SMALL (smaller than the Agusta) helicopter, as well as suitable armament. Here’s one for sale: http://www.maritimesales.com/GG10.htm This size used to be ubiquitous, as exploration moves into deeper waters, bigger vessels are becoming the norm, leaving a lot of relatively young tonnage like this on the market, cheap.

  5. Henry says:

    let us also not forget, another 31meter seaward defence boat(made by the navy) would come into service next year. Andoni has been used in practically all sea patrols & exercises since it was indoctrinated into service. Nnwamba has proven to be a real sea horse for the navy.

  6. jimmy says:

    OGA BEEGEAGLE
    I BEG O TELL THE NN to release some pic s now we need this to show the navy in a good light i beg we need to toot our own horn o! already people are out there WHO DON’T HAVE CANOE TO PADDLE talking nonsense please to the p.r. department of the service i am begging do not let this opportunity slip by we know the exercise is happening but no one is saying anything about it

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