NIGERIAN NAVY TO TAKE OVER ASSETS OF PICOMSS; FIVE RADAR STATIONS OF THE INTEGRATED COASTAL MARITIME RADAR SURVEIILANCE SYSTEM (COMARASS) TO BE FORMALLY TAKEN OVER

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

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

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
26 January, 2013

The Nigerian Navy has inaugurated a 4-man committee for the takeover of the assets of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security ceded to the Nigerian Navy.

These assets include the Integrated Coastal Maritime Radar Surveillance System (COMARASS) sited in Lagos, Escravos, Bonny, Brass and Jamestown(Calabar).The committee is to liaise with the NSA’s office and ensure a seamless handing over exercise that
guarantees an orderly takeover of these critical assets.

According to a Nigerian Navy press release made available to Beegeagle’s Blog, other tasks of the committee include compiling detailed inventory of the personnel and items in each site and arrange in situ handing over to the operational command in whose AOR the assets are domiciled. The committee will also identify the related equipment that are yet to be installed, their respective locations and take possession of them. Furthermore, the committee is to recommend the training and logistics requirements needed for integration of the assets to existing NN MDA assets and ensure continuous and uninterrupted operations.

The committee is also charged with recommending any other measure(s) that will ensure that the NN benefits maximally from the takeover of these assets.

Members of the committee are Commodore UB Onyia, Captain OM Olotu, Captain SS Seidu and Commander JO Ajodo. The committee’s report is expected by end of January 2013.

It would be recalled that the Integrated Coastal Maritime Radar Surveillance System (COMARASS) was envisioned to establish 11 monitoring stations along the entire coastline of Nigeria. Due to huge logistic requirements and other allied challenges, the System was revised to comprise critical security infrastructure at only 5 sites; Lagos, Escravos, Bonny, Brass and James Town. This was considered verifiably effective to cover the entire coastline as it relates to information gathering.

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10 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY TO TAKE OVER ASSETS OF PICOMSS; FIVE RADAR STATIONS OF THE INTEGRATED COASTAL MARITIME RADAR SURVEIILANCE SYSTEM (COMARASS) TO BE FORMALLY TAKEN OVER

  1. peccavi says:

    OP Sevral Sitrep as of 25/01/2013

    SITUATION FRIENDLY FORCES
    French
    French Air Orbat
    • 4x Rafale-N’DJAMENA
    • 3x Mirage 2000D-BAMAKO
    • 2x Mirage F1CR-BAMAKO
    • 3x Mirage 2000D-N’DJAMENA
    • 8x Gazelle -BAMAKO
    • 4x Super Puma-BAMAKO
    • 3x Tiger- BAMAKO
    • 5x C-135FR-N’DJAMENA
    • 1x A310-N’DJAMENA
    • 1x C130-N’DJAMENA
    • 3x C-160 Transall-N’DJAMENA
    • 1x CN235
    • 2x Harfang UAV-NIAMEY
    • 5x Fr Navy Atlantique II MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) DAKAR

    Fr. / MNA forces have assaulted GAO. Special Forces secured the WABARY bridge over the River Niger to the south and GAO International airport. Task force from 21RIMa and MNA captured the town with no reported friendly casualties.
    GAO not secure friendly forces still subject to harassing fire
    Fr/MNA forces carry out a reconnaissance in force towards LERE. Operation performed by the other 21RIMa Company group task force
    Elements of Chadian/ Nigerien forces reported to have been flown in to GAO from NIAMEY others en route overland
    Fr/ MNA forces pushing towards TIMBUKTU, unclear whether they are approaching from the east or west
    Fr airstrikes have destroyed the house of AQIM leader Iyad Ag Ghaly in KIDAL

    Mali
    MNA forces in GAO,
    11 civilians reported to have been killed by friendly air strikes during the assault on KONNA
    Civilian population in GAO reported to be jubilant, friendly and welcoming to friendly forces but isolated cases of looting have taken place

    AFISMA
    Air Orbat:
    2 x NAF Alphajets- NIAMEY
    Mi 35- number unknown, presumed BAMAKO
    Gen Abdulkadir proposes increasing force number to 7,700 (excluding Chadians) states force numbers will be further revised upwards when the French depart and an initial budget of $500m

    Other
    Libyan Air Force allegedly strikes arms convoy moving in Libya to Mali. Libyan Foreign Minister states border is sealed
    US President proposes an additional $32m for AFISMA, provides aerial refuelling for Fr aircraft and to transport AFISMA units from home country’s
    EU Defence ministers in talks about further aid to French efforts
    Morocco expresses support for Fr mission but declines to send troops. Moroccan opposition expresses its disagreement with the op
    AU meets in Addis Ababa to discus Mali.

    SITUATION ENEMY FORCES
    En pushed out of GAO. Estimated 12 x en KIA
    Walid Abu Sarhaoui MUJAO spokesman (the main en group around GAO) has offered to begin negotiations for the release of French/ Portuguese citizen Gilberto Rodriguez Leal kidnapped in Mali in November 2012. Offer thus far rejected by Fr Prime Minister.
    En forces who were in DIABAL reported to have had Nigerien, Nigerian, Malians and others in their midst
    MNLA appears to have ruled out an alliance with AFISMA or MNA

    ANALYSIS
    GAO: the assault on GAO is a classic company attack, the enemy softened up with air strikes and then strategic infrastructure such as bridges and airports secured by SF paving the way for the main force to push through and secure the objective. So far so textbook. While one can’t detract from the achievements of the forces on the ground, there was always going to be one outcome. The fact that resistance is continuing through the use of infiltrators and so on is obviously a harbinger for the future. Indications are that the town will be garrisoned by the Chadian/ Nigerien contingent.
    The capture of TIMBUKTU and KIDAL will again most likely follow this pattern but the unfortunate fact is that this sensible and successful use and application of force might secure objectives with minimal friendly and civilian casualties and collateral damage but it allows the enemy way too much time and space to escape simply storing up more problems for the future. It remains to be seen if the enemy at any point chooses to stand and fight which will be interesting in itself but very unlikely. The blitzkrieg has started.

    Intelligence, Surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR): Thus far ISR assets in theatre are 2 x Fr UAVs. 5 x Fr Atlantique II, naval patrol planes, 1 x RAF Sentinel R1, US Global Hawks and Predators have been detected by air enthusiasts operating in the area, US PC-12s aircraft have been operating from Burkina Faso for a while, in addition to French, UK and US satellites. As important will be SF patrols and local informants.
    These are a lot of assets dedicated to surveillance being dedicated to this theatre. The nature of this terrain which is vast, uncharted and a natural smugglers haven means that once major combat operations end, the enemy will hide in the wilderness. The ISR assets are important for various reasons, it helps build up a pattern of life, so that unusual movements stand out more and will highlight rat runs, supply and smuggling routes and if used correctly can be used for future development and governance work. But the key thing of note here is that Fr commanders are preparing for Phase 2.
    My guess is that once KIDAL and all other population centres are taken majority of the French troops will withdraw to BAMAKO, SEVARE and a few other bases and will rely on AFISMA garrisons, ISR assets and SF to track down the enemy who will be destroyed and attrited through continuous air and ground strikes. This is a good strategy. Taking into account the low manpower and risk of expense of supplying numerous far flung garrisons, concentrating forces and venturing out only when definite targets present themselves is an efficient use of resources. Leaving Fr forces to conduct the long range war gives AFISMA and the MNA space to secure the population centres and built up areas

    • jimmy says:

      Great Job OGA PECCAVI
      Thorough Analysis .There is one worrying trend theme that I see continuously with the exception of GAO where we see 12X ENEMY FORCES KIA does it mean that the enemy has made a strategic decision to withdraw to Mauritania? (we know Algeria is a no no). Again this could be a faulty because yours truly is not on the ground and no reports have been made available till now of enemy forces captured and percentage of Non malians and the scope of their involvement.
      Lastly it is good to see that the Nigerien s/ Chadians are flying into GAO and pushing through overland that means the border with Niger will be considered high risk for the enemy forces to escape.if my memory serves me correct there was one Frenchman kidnapped in Nigeria late last year any news whether he is in Mali?

  2. originalpato says:

    Kudos Oga Peccavi. Just like someone said earlier in this blog. Let AFISMA garrison the smuggling routes and setup a no fly zone to prevent aircraft from South Africa from flying in to distribute drugs, AQIM should be emasculated in due course.

  3. Henry says:

    Wow, the french “are not smiling”. That’s a lot of firepower. Oga peccavi kudos, but nothing on african troops, have they even gone into combat yet?

  4. Spirit says:

    Oga Peccavi, thanksso much for the Situation Report and the analysis. How are the African (particularly Nigerians) fairing?

  5. Spirit says:

    The taking over of PICOMMS assets by Nigeria Navy is a dream come true for me. There is nothing all these PICOMMS/NIMASA are doing that NN cannot do better. If we are going to have a Coast Guard, so be it. Having so many agencies with overlapping/unlear resposibilities gives too much room for corruption, buck-passing and loopholes that criminals can take advantage of.

  6. BishopOfSapele says:

    Peccavi – good sitrep, thanks.

    Given vast “unchartered territories” as a common denominator in Mali and Afghanistan do you think any parallels can be drawn in the outcomes of the ground battles in both instances? We know Afghanistan has not gone exactly the way it was predicted by the military planners going in.

    I wonder how much asymmetric tactics/options are available to the hostiles in Mali and if there is any indication of their capacity to reverse gains from the more textbook and conventional tactics deployed so far by SF, MNA and AFISMA.

    God speed to our boys in Mali.

  7. oga peccavi how are the Nigerians preparing and whats the sit rep about our boys

  8. peccavi says:

    I have no open source info on Nigeria’s prep so I can’t write about it, behind the scenes stuff seems to imply we are sending heaven and earth to Mali but I have no ideas on timelines or even how true it is. The African build up is slow, I don’t know if this is political or practical slowness, maybe some countries are hoping the fighting will be over before they deploy others are just going through the process of mobilising, training and kitting out soldiers for deployment
    The kidnapped guy is in Mali most likely in the Kidal area
    The low casualty reports reflects the simple fact that the enemy has pulled out already, these reports have been continuous for the past 10 days, they are heading to Kidal, they will either put up a fight there or go into the desert for guerilla action.
    The parallels with Afghanistan are correct and incorrect. Correct in that conventional victory will be relatively easy but incorrect in that Afghanistan was winnable for the first 2-4 years if an adequate plan and resources had been enacted, however in this case if the enenmy hasn’t planned for exactly this eventuality they are not serious. They are fighting exactly the way I expect them to fight, the only surprise is that there haven’t been more ambushes (unless there are but they are not being reported)

  9. peccavi says:

    Interesting Naval story. Roelf van Heeden was ex SADF and EO and an excellent commander by all accounts and its interesting to see he’s still kicking about
    http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29219:exclusive-south-african-led-operation-frees-hostages-from-somali-pirates&catid=108:Maritime%20Security&Itemid=233

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