NIGERIA HAS GREAT CAPABILITY TO FIGHT TERRORISM – U.S AFRICOM COMMANDER; U.S HELPING WITH REBUILDING MILITARY AIRLIFT CAPACITY, MARITIME SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE FUSION

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

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

NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
Sun, 03/02/2013

Gen. Carter Ham, Commander,U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) says Nigeria has the capability to fight the war against Boko Haram terrorism. Ham said this at the weekend while speaking with the Nigerian Media Delegation on a visit to AFRICOM Headquarters in Stuttgart.

He was reacting to a specific request by
the Nigeria Government from the U.S.
military to locate some of the Boko
Haram leaders. “Nigeria has great capability to fight terrorism, but what Nigeria asked for are some equipment. “The U.S. can help the Nigerian military
to better understand how we use various intelligence information from various sources and how to put them together in a coherent manner so that government can then make right choices as to what action to undertake, ” he said.

According to the commander,information comes from a wide range of
sources like the media, human resources
and technical sources. He said in Nigeria, like the U.S., multiple
organisations had responsibilities for
different pieces of information collected,
and analyse the process. Ham said one of the things the U.S. learnt over the past years in Iraq and Afghanistan was how to fuse all that information in a coherent manner so that serious decision could be taken and direction given to the various entities of government. “Nigeria asked us for some help in that process and that is being undertaken now, ” he added.

The AFRICOM chief also explained that the command was in partnership with
Nigeria in other areas of military
cooperation like in maritime security of
the Gulf, important to Nigeria and the
U.S. He said Nigeria’s leading role on the
security in the Gulf of Guinea was
appreciated.

“For air force, our responsibilities and
engagement in Nigeria are principally
focused on finding ways to improve the
operational capability in the Nigerian Air Force. “This is to enable more of Nigerian Air Force fleet to be operational and be able to support Nigerian aviation sector. “And if Nigeria can increase the availability and the operational readiness rate of its air fleet, it would help in the transportation of Nigerian battalions, “ Ham said.

Ham said the command’s focus had been to help the Army develop the capability required to deal with many challenges.

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14 Responses to NIGERIA HAS GREAT CAPABILITY TO FIGHT TERRORISM – U.S AFRICOM COMMANDER; U.S HELPING WITH REBUILDING MILITARY AIRLIFT CAPACITY, MARITIME SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE FUSION

  1. eyimola says:

    Give us all your remaining WHECS and a couple of F-16s. Then we can talk

  2. kenee2k says:

    If they are really serious about assisting us to beef up our operational capacity and deployment it will cost them nothing to donate a squadron of Phantom F4E and F5 Tigers which are not cutting edge but a lot better than those Chinese re jigged Mig 21’s we paid a fortune for.

    Furthermore with good diplomacy we should get them for free as a favoured friendly nation pursuing mutually beneficial interests.

    • jimmy says:

      So far we as a nation defense wise, procurement wise are still lacking in long term leadership thinking and having a serious commitment to the air defense of our country
      1) A commitment has to be made at some point to bite the bullet to but a first rate aircraftmust be acquired that is a dual purpose meaning a long range bomber/ interceptor that has a radius of at least 2000 kilometers
      2) Since everyone now agrees that we live in a very bad neighborhood ( CHAD, MALI, ETC) the airbase at SOKOTO should be upgraded to a tactical air command
      3) Nigerian air officials that keep telling us we do not have any needs need to explain to the Nigerian people if all our needs are met why is a four star General agreeing with the cyber General on this blog that we need more aircraft namely in airlift capacity to carry our heavy equipment and more aircraft strike ability..
      3)This is very important and very sensitive America can help Nigeria just like they are doing with the NAVY by upgrading the air radar early detection surveillance system this is important yes there have been upgrades over the years but these upgrades especially at LAGOS , CALABAR, SOKOTO AND MAIDUGURI need to go further..

    • originalpato says:

      Oga Knee2k, Peecavi onced asked this question, has our defence policy makers formally asked for any piece of equipment from the US or UK recently and they refused.

      • beegeagle says:

        We expressed interest in a pair of British 1,830 ton Island Class OPVs which were decommissioned about 3 years ago. I cannot tell you why that fell through but they ended up in Bangladesh.

        On this blog, I have a thread in which some of our strategically positioned friends in the USA’s Excess Defense Articles/USCG circuit told me, through backstage communication, that the NN have put in a bid for the USCGC Jarvis, a sister ship of the NNS Thunder.

  3. Obix says:

    @Beegs, It’s like NN has lost that bid according to Wikipedia. I quote- “Jarvis completed her final cruise in late September 2012, and was removed from active service the following week. Admiral Cecil D. Haney (Cmdr US Pacific Fleet) said that the Jarvis is scheduled to be transferred to Bangladesh in mid 2013″.

  4. Yagazie says:

    The same Wikipedia states that the ship (USCG Jarvis) is due to be tranferred to the Phillipines. Lets wait and see.

  5. beegeagle says:

    The matter is still up in the air. When it is sealed, you shall have a scoop here. My sources are in the thick of things…first off the starting blocks who would know which way the pendulum shall swing even before the NN know. Such is the goodwill which we enjoy on Beegeagle’s Blog :-)

    Moreover, our Filipino friends, Max Montero and Victor Tevez have nothing on that and believe me, they also have deft hands on the button. So disregard the Wikipedia stories.

    Meanwhile, read about the bid here

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/blog-exclusive-nigerian-navy-put-in-a-formal-request-for-another-hamilton-class-ship-uscgc-jarvis-whec-725/

    For an indepth look at related matters in The Philippines, see

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/nns-thunder-f90-how-the-philippines-navy-have-upgunned-her-sister-sister-ship-brp-gregorio-del-pilarpf-15-max-montero-a-filipino-beegeagles-blogger/

    • Somoric says:

      Beegeagle GCFR, the HMG have 4 ships floating in Portsmouth, UK. They are looking for buyers, what is our take on those Type 22 Frigates I did mentioned. At the price they going for, it does beats the pants of the USCG Jarvis Class deal. Where is our MOD procurement team when you do need them?

      • beegeagle says:

        I greet you, my Oga.

        MoD dey yab..seriously. Right before our eyes, a Bangladeshi Navy pounced on SIX ex-British Navy 1,200 ton OPVs and followed up with TWO 1,830 ton British Navy OPVs. That is eight significant platforms. They have now placed an order for a pair of F22 frigates and snapped up a decomm. Type 53H2 frigate all from China. Beyond sabre-rattling with Burma, I do not see how concretely challenged the Bangladeshi Navy are.

        Perhaps MoD want it all for free. The FG keeps on bemoaning maritime insecurity while concurrently mouthing off about competing demands. But our FG operates a larger budget than the national government of a slightly more populous Bangladesh.

        Not only are the Bangladeshi doing all that for major platforms, they have placed orders for their Navy’s first set of helicopters(Agusta A109s) and Dornier Do228 maritime patrol aircraft.

        Doziex has shouted himself hoarse about the availability of decommissioned Type 22 frigates and Oliver Hazard Perry frigates in the UK and USA. Our MoD need to know that for a NN which has a declared requirement for twenty OPVs, not to mention LPDs and light frigates, they have to be very smart about the task at hand.

        Countries such as The Philippines, Bangladesh, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia and Egypt are so adept at hunting for bargain acquisitions that we cannot afford to be slow on the draw.

        Buy brand-new..dull; buy ‘tokunbo’..slow. Haba, even if na spell. The Chinese came here and offered to help Nigeria modernise her Navy.

        A business-like MoD would realise that at a time when the Chinese are eager to gain a foothold in Nigeria, it would be very easy to get them to sell to us even on credit(soft loans with 0.5% interest repayable in 20 years with a grace period of five years). What with their state-controlled enterprises.

        Quote

        “Addressing a press conference in Colombo recently Deputy Economic Development Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said, “While the HSBC, for example, was offering loans with 9% interest rates, China has been offering loans for very low rates, such as 1% or even 0.5%,”

        http://sundaytimes.lk/110619/BusinessTimes/bt01.html

        end of quote

        I would seal a US$300 million deal for three Type 056 OPV-corvettes, a used Type 53H2 frigate and four Harbin Z-9EC anti-submarine helicopters. Repaying in convenient annual instalments of US$50m, we would offset that debt before 2020.

  6. Detona says:

    Oga Beeg,
    I really hope something swings our way last minute o, but the way this Admiral is talking, it appears this one is well and truly gone. See link:

    http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2013/01/15/us-to-continue-maritime-partnership

    It also appears that the Phillipinos are more interested in the Italian Maestrale-class frigates as the ending part of this article suggests:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maestrale_class_frigate

    Speaking of which the credentials of this ship are quite impressive! I’m imagining two of these brandishing their teeth in NN grey! Pipe dream?

  7. doziex says:

    Okay, no critism here, just a suggestion.

    (1) MoD should set up a weapons acquisitions department in their HQ.

    (2)There should be 1 unit each for the navy, the airforce and the army. It should be staffed by knowlegable, internet savvy young officers.

    (3) They should daily monitor global sales,decomissionings of the larger weathier armed forces of the world. In search of deals that benefit the nigerian armed forces.

    (4) These units, should have close relationships to foreign affairs and commerce arms of the executive. As these items could easily be linked as sweetners to existing contracts we have with the nation in question.
    (5)These units should have savvy inspectors, and rapid abilities to go and inspect the equipment in question.

    (6) As beegeagle has said before, an emergency fund must be made available. As these transactions often go by 1st come 1st serve.

    By being proactive, and well informed, our armed forces can acquire a lot, even with current paltry budgets.

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