NIGERIAN NAVY RELEASE MAJOR POSTINGS OF SENIOR OFFICERS..NEW “CENTRAL NAVAL COMMAND” CREATED

Vice Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim, Chief of the Naval Staff

Vice Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, Chief of the Naval Staff

NIGERIAN NAVY PRESS RELEASE
By Cdr S Dahun

1. The Nigerian Navy has released the postings of a number its senior officers. The new postings affected Rear Admirals and Commodores.

* The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral UO Jibrin has been appointed Chief of Logistics at the Naval Headquarters.

* Rear Admiral EO Ogbor, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, is now the Chief of Training and Operations, Naval Headquarters.

2. Rear Admiral AA Sam-Sele, formerly Senior Officer Naval Doctrine and Assessment Centre, has been moved to Defence Headquarters as Director of Training. Similarly, Rear Admiral AOA Ikioda formerly Chief of Logistics is the new Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command. Rear OB Ogunjimi, former Navy Secretary, has been appointed Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command while Rear Admiral JO Olutoyin has been appointed as the Flag Officer Commanding the newly established Central Naval Command.

Furthermore, Rear Admiral JO Aikhomu now heads the newly created Naval Standards and Evaluation Branch while Rear Admiral IE Ibas, former Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters, has been appointed Navy Secretary.

3. The appointment also affected Rear Admiral GE Okoi, Deputy Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji who replaces Rear Admiral IA Oyagha as Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command. Rear Admiral Oyagha resumes at Naval Headquarters as Director Nigerian Navy Transformation Office.

Meanwhile, Rear Admirals IA Ajuonu, AA Yusuf, OE Ekwe, SA Orie and SU Chinweuba have been re-appointed Director of Logistics Defence Headquarters,Commander Fleet Support
Group (West), Commandant Nigerian Navy Engineering College Sapele, Director Curriculum and Programme Development at the National Defence College and Commander Fleet Support Group (East) respectively.

4. Other Rear Admirals involved in the postings include Rear Admiral DO Osuofa, appointed Deputy Commandant Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, Rear Admiral AG Inusa, Director of Plans Defence Headquarters, Rear Admiral OU Emele, re-appointed Director of Logistics, Defence Intelligence Agency and Rear Admiral A Shettima also re-appointed Director Underway Replenishment Group, Logistics Command, Oghara.

5. The senior officers are expected to resume in their new stations from end of February to second week of March 2012.

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  1. beegeagle says:

    Hmn…the Armed Forces are set for growth. The creation of the Central Naval Command – the first fleet command to be created in 35 years, remains the clearest indication of the fact that we are on the cusp of a major injection of capital ships.

    As of 2000 AD, the Navy had about 8,000 officers and men grouped into 3 naval commands

    *Eastern Naval Command
    *Western Naval Command
    *Sea Training Command

    Midway into the decade of the 2000s, the Navy created a new command – the Logistics Command to oversee supplies and engineering duties. Now, this new command but this time, a fleet command.

    Going by the trend of the several Forwarding Operating Bases(FOBs) – FOB Ibaka, Igbokoda, Bonny, Escravos, Badagry, Formoso and the new full-fledged bases NNS Jubilee and NNS Lugard which have come onstream these past seven or so years and the concommitantly phenomenal increase in the number of inshore and coastal patrol platforms – RBS Defender boats, Passport 19, Stingray OBM 12, Oryx 36, Majesty 50, Mordant Marine, X-38 Combat Catamarans, NC 27 tactical insertion boats and Manta ASD Mk.II Littoral Interceptors, the creation of the new Central Command which might span the entire area between Igbokoda or the Benin River and the Delta/Bayelsa maritime boundary and is sure to be followed by naval acquisitions of capital ships.

    The FG have by our reckoning provided about 150 boats for the Navy alone and over 200 Scorpion Mk.II gunboats and Stingray landing craft for the Army’s amphibious forces.

    This is following swiftly on the heels of the resuscitation and redesignation of the Nigerian Air Force’s Air Mobility Command in March 2011. Three months later, the Chief of the Air Staff alluded to the fact of the imminent delivery of a minimum of six units of Mil combat-transport helicopters, most probably, further deliveries of the Mi-171Sh Terminator, a feared assault helicopter which is currently operated by the air forces of Nigeria, Algeria and Chad. The CAS made this revelation whilst commissioning some facilities at the 207 Special Mobility Group in June 2011. The 207 SMG is a formation under the new Air Mobility Command – new command means more equipment. The Air Chief had stated that the helicopters were due in at the end of 2011 but the said acquisitions were not listed in the 2011 appropriation for acquisitions, so could those have been paid for from drawings on the Excess Crude Account – from which $2 billion which was withdrawn in November, intended for “various projects?”

    Even as we do not know what the undeclared plans for the Navy are vis-a-vis the aforementioned $2 billion “various projects” venture, we know for certain that for FY 2011 and FY 2012, we are already lined up to receive a second Hamilton-class frigate, four OPVs, six coastal patrol ships and six units of 17 metre Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral Interceptor. We have our eyes on the ball for unseen developments.

    Do not be surprised if it turns out to be that after last January’s meeting of the US-Nigeria Binational Commission which focused on security and with the outstanding performance so far put in by the Nigerian Navy’s Task Group 11.1 in her anti-piracy patrols of the waters of nextdoor Benin Republic, the Navy might have done enough to justify the transfer of some US ships to the operationally-seasoned Navy, so that they can take charge of national and regional sealanes alike – counterinsurgency, fisheries protection, anti-bunkering, offshore facilities protection and counterpiracy operations. Relative to August 2011 figures, the frequency of pirate attacks offshore Benin Republic has plummeted by over 95%, thanks to the involvement of the Nigerian Navy.

    We shall be looking out to see if this is the year in which the French offer of four large coastal patrol ships, thirty gunboats and twelve Eurocopter AS-550 Fennec armed naval helicopters is fulfilled. What is not in doubt is that an assortment of capital ships are comig the Navy’s way. For the non military-minded, an Air Command or a Naval Command in Nigeria(and elsewhere) is equivalent to an army division.

    Moving on, the Nigerian Air Force have also revived hitherto moribund airbases – Minna and Sokoto, the latter specidically with a view to keeping tabs on AQIM-spawned violence near our northwestern frontier. In FY 2012, new aircraft hangars and ground equipment (officially said to be F7 AirGuard-related) are listed to be constructed at both airbases and in Maiduguri and Makurdi.

    That also suggests the imminent delivery of new jets since we at least know that prior to the 2010 delivery of F7 jets to Makurdi, CATIC of China constructed new hangars. The only question now is, would the jets to be delivered turn out to be more F7 AirGuards or the most imperative long-range Su-27/30s, new or factory-refurbished and low mileage?

    The Nigerian Army are also said to be in the process of setting up a new division which shall have a bias towards counterinsurgency operations. We already know that they have mine-protected Oshkosh SandCat light patrol vehicles on order. That was also not gleaned from the FY 2011 or FY 2012 appropriation. Was that part of the “various projects?”

    Watch us go, gentelemen.

  2. tope says:

    Wow finally they are matching word with action I think thε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ are playing mind games with us.Granted they hv a knack for secrecy, so most times they make us feel nothing is being done but truly our NA,NAF,NN,SSS,NIA and DIA are seriously mobilizing. I was shocked to learn we now hv Air Missile Defense Systems and Coastal Defense Systems. I hope also we are getting weapons to defuse nuclear threats, eventhough it is not imminent but a threat of such magnitude can lead to early defeat and also it is time to build liaison commands and unit posts in all West African states. I think 11 or 12 and at least 3 in North Africa precisely in Morocco, Algeria and Egypt and our neighbours in Chad, Mali, Benin, Cameroon and eastwards in Kenya, Rwanda to have a total information pool analysis.

    Threat assesment support Defense and Projection of power in short medium and long Term and like Mr Beegeagle said da defense budget wont cut it right now. it is INTELLIGENCE, COMMS, ORDINANCE ARMOURY, LOGISTICS and HARDWARE, stuff that are on the map.

    I think also we need to upgrade Armed forces Engineering Corps so that they can make weapons for Nigeria, even small to medium military hardware. Also we are in dire need of in-flight refueling tankers – like 4 units and also an electronic signals command satellite and meteorological warfare plane to help in all sorts of assessment.

    We need to employ civilian contractors sworn to secrecy to undertake defense projects like outposts in all the 774 local govts for HUMINT signals and intelligence.Let us have full body category 4 body armour. Everyone should wake up. I think all our steel and rolling mills must be working round da clock now, as well as assembly plants to get our local weapons gap for security operatives.

    How is da VSAT iridium projects satellite link and real time field data coming on? And can we enhance security by night time reconaissance surveillance, intercept and tactical attacks in the desert, mountain and COIN areas.

    Also in our LGAs plus a need to address and beg them to at least get an su30 or a F22 and have trainers to maintain a superior fleet and we need lots of bombadiers to raid enemy camps. Also a need to set up a geographic, geological, meterological and Oceanographic institute for defense and we need those damn submarines.

    So how is da ibom project coming up? We also a need to form a full-fledged Marine Commando such as the type that took over PH under Adekunle, Obasanjo and co during the Nigerian Civil War, a regimented Coast Guard, a special air force wing wit parachute capability.

    Also I think those UAVs are needed now and constant satellite deployment to capture ground data wit high resolution. We need an armoury corp also to design new weapon systems to have our standards etc but good work by the CNS,COAS and CAS.

    These 3 service chiefs we have currently are so far the best the military has and are slowly but surely facing up to da task this new command and FOBs and new units will go a long way to making NN a force to reckon wit as long as govt stays true to its word so that even after Goodluck, we will commence operations unhindered.

    Also NA should see about acquiring new tanks, desert-compliant APCs, mountain trucks and airframes and specialized units for all forms of operational and tactical commands and I think a highly dedicated signals language communications and field direction command should be operated to help security officers to conduct various world tongues and help our spies train.

    Also we are in a dire need of military police command. A total upgrade of our NIA ans DIA is needed while we need da minister of justice, Chief of Defense staff, National Security Adviser to set up a Command Control Centre for the C-in-9 to monitor and make recommendations.

    Also a NSA-like establishment will go a long way to intercepting useful information. We also need to set up safe and warehouses for witnesses or a new Witness Protection Agency to help people come out with information.

    Also we need new Black Ops and Delta commando teams to work round the clock. I hope these recommendations reach those who have Ears.I await the day we can all gather n speak face to face on stuffs like dis like a Defense Conference is in Order dont u think?

  3. beegeagle says:

    Hello Tope, do note the following

    * We have had a Nigerian Meteorological Agency(NIMET) and a Nigerian Institutute of Oceanography and Marine Research(NIOMR) for several decades. When we first heard NIOMR mentioned on NTA News, Shagari was President – just to be sure.

    * We have had a Corps of Military Police for as long as we have had an Army. The immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen AB Dambazau who holds a Ph.D in Criminology and the National Security Adviser until 2010 in the person of Major General(rtd) Abdullahi Sarki Mukhtar; a former GOC and erstwhile Provost Marshall of the Nigerian Army, both sprang from the Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police. For emphasis, Mukhtar was commissioned as an NDA Regular Course 4 officer, alongside the likes of Bashir Magashi, in 1971 and Mukhtar was nowhere near being the pioneer in the Military Police. Many had worn that red beret decades before he was born in 1947 and even before World War I.

    * The Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police has her decades-old Nigerian Army School of Military Police stationed at the Basawa area of Zaria. The Military Police have their naval and air force equivalents – Naval Provost and Air Provost branches who wear white berets as opposed to the bright red of the Army.

    Their role is to enforce military discipline.

    * The Nigerian Navy have 40 years of hydrographic survey experience behind them, dating back to the establishment of the Nigerian Navy School of Hydrography and the Hydrographic Survey Unit in 1972. The pioneer in that field was a certain Vice Admiral Muftau Adegoke Babatunde Elegbede of blessed memory, who retired as a branch chief at the Defence Headquarters in 1993 at the time when General Sani Abacha was Chief of Defence Staff.

    As a senior naval captain in 1984, Elegbede served as FOC Eastern Naval Command at the same time when Ebitu Ukiwe was FOC Western Naval Command during the Buhari regime until that regime’s ouster in 1985. Ukiwe and Elegbede attained the rank of Commodore in April 1985.

    Most interestingly, that promotion and the landmark sea exercise that was the navy’s Operation Seadog were possibly the FIRST military reports which I read with full understanding as a pre-teen and a high school junior. Those were published in “The Guardian” and a certain Jullyette Ukabiala used to be the unlikely female defence correspondent of that qualitative platform at that time.

    Let us digress a bit on account of beautiful memories. One cannot say when we really got into this military business but by the age of five, we were already cutting newspaper images of Military Administrators and forming them into an album for current affairs. A short while later, I remember staring at copies of my old man’s TIME magazine at the same period when General Kenan Evren and his fellow service chiefs, dressed in what I thought were fantastic and medal-crested tunics, seized power in Turkey and then a year later, it was in NEWSWEEK that we saw pictures of tanks for the first time ever as General Jaruzelski took power in Poland. Wow, I thought the pictured T64 tanks looked majestic and truly imposing. So we began to chase after photos of tanks and trying to find out what those powerful-looking hulks were really used for.

    Our interest in the military had become irrevocably fired and we began to peer into the pages of the now-defunct Africa magazine, seeing but not quite making sense of the pictures of wrecked tanks and self-propelled ZSU-23 SPAAG coming out of the battlefields of Ethiopia, Somalia and Angola and the damage caused by racist SAAF planes in neighbouring countries.

    We soon became familiar, even as primary school kids, with names such as General Peter Walls of Zimbabwe, Jonas Savimbi, Colonel Mengistu and movements such as the EPLF, TPLF, SNLF, RENAMO, UNITA and SWAPO.

    On television, perhaps the earliest memory of a military report on TV which clearly I understood was the September 1984 NTA report on the promotion of Colonels Oladipo Diya, Salihu Ibrahim, Joshua Dogonyaro, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, Rabiu Aliyu, Ishola Williams, Mamman Kontagora et al to the rank of Brigadier as it then was (the NA switched to using ‘Brigadier General’ in 1992) and at that same time, the promotion of Brigadiers Tunde Idiagbon, Sani Abacha, Paul Omu, Gado Nasko, Charles Ndiomu, Solomon Omojokun and Mohammed Magoro to the rank of Major General. Same day, Commodores Augustus Aikhomu(CNS) and Patrick Koshoni were elevated to the rank of Rear Admiral while Air Commodores Usman Mu’Azu and Ishaya Shekari rose to the rank of Air Vice Marshal.

    A few months later, I joined the Nigerian Army Cadet Unit in my dear Federal Government College and by 1988, we had become locked onto anything related to military information on a day-to-day basis…Africa Defence Journal, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Defence and Foreign Affairs, Flight International etc. We would pace the streets around the Marina in Lagos and purchase back issues of those second-hand magazines, just to stay informed in the absence of satellite TV back then!

    The year 1988 was also remarkable for the astonishing accounts of the Angolan Civil War and the dramatis personnae emanating therefrom as narrated by the Voice of America -whoa..Huambo, Jamba, Cuito-Cuanavale, General Ben Ben, the fantastic General Arnaldo Ochoa who was later executed by Castro.

    Hmmmmmnnn….those were the days !! Don’t mind me – we gotta relive beautiful memories(smiling broadly at the innocence of childhood)

  4. doziex says:

    Hope springs eternal.

  5. beegeagle says:

    CERTAINTY

    * the Army are training and preparing to form a new COIN-biased division. They have Oshkosh SandCat mine-protected LPVs on order

    * the Chief of Air Staff announced in June 2011 that six Mil assault-transport helicopters were slated for delivery to the Nigerian Air Force before the end of 2011.

    * the airbases at MKD, SOK,MNN and MDGR are lined up for new aircraft hangars and ground equipment this year. On that scale and with MKD having had a new hangar built by CATIC lately, that can only be indicative of the imminent delivery of more fighter jets. The only grey area is – what type of jets?

    * The NN are lined up to receive a second Hamilton-class frigate (the Obama administration committed to that a year ago) and we also know that the Executive Branch of the FG have either given approval for or commenced the construction of four OPVs, refurbishment of six coastal patrol ships and the construction of six new Manta ASD Littoral Interceptors.

    * HIGHLY PROBABLE

    - the USA-Nigeria BiNational Commission meeting ended with a communique in which the USA committed to training and EQUIPMENT for the security aspect of counterinsurgency, counterterrorism and maritime security operations in the Northeast and the Niger Delta. You do not establish a NAVAL COMMAND with one stand-alone frigate, so I dare suggest that the FG have either made extra-budgetary acquisitions of naval paltforms OR it is the case that the US have committed to supporting the NN with more ships from their own stocks.

    * France, since 2010, have given presidential approval for the sale and/or transfer of four large coastal patrol ships, thirty gunboats and twelve units of Eurocopter AS-550 Fennec helicopters. I ask again, knowing fully well that you set up a Naval Command with capital ships and not with gunboats, have the FG now quietly taken up that offer?

    - We are all focused on the $6 billion defence and security budget but nobody remembers that last November, Reuters carried a report about the fact that the FG drew a hefty $2 billion from the Excess Crude Account for nebulously styled but typically security-related “various projects”

    Our MoD are known for being highly secretive about procurement and are even more remarkable for, wherever possible, committing contractors to confidentiality clauses.

    However, we are experienced enough to be able to pick up on the slightest snippets and leads and arrive at what amounts to a scoop – such as the Strategic Marine sub-contract to build over 200 gunboats and landing craft for Nigeria and the recent Oshkosh SandCat revelation, both of which entirely passed unnoticed in our local media, never mind the global thinktanks and media – ref the former(Strategic Marine).

    * In September and October 2011, the President of the Belarussian State Arms Exporter, the Russian Ambassador, the Serbian Defence minister and the President of an Israeli armoured vehicle manufacturing concern visited the Ministers of Defence. Earlier in August, Prof Viola Onwuliri, one of the Foreign Ministers visited The Ukraine and signed a MoU on defence with her hosts.

    Then following swiftly on the heels of these events in November 2011, Reuters report drawings to the tune of $2bn from the extrabudgetary Excess Crude Account for “various projects” at a time when the FY 2011 budget had just about run its course whereas a national security crisis was unfolding and something had to be done whilst the FY 2012 budget is put through due diligence imperatives. What do you think happened, even as we are going to have to work extra hard to find out which contracts have been signed?

    Do you know that probably half of our acquisitions do not come through the defence budget – such as that monumental haul of river gunboats and landing craft was financed through extra-budgetary means while we have no record of the Oshkosh SandCat being listed under the FY 2011 appropriation?

    * Keep an eye on this page. We have that knack for coming back to say “we told ya!”

  6. Gbash says:

    Mr Beeg,Doziex,Xnurr and fellow compatriots, it seems that MoD Abuja may have a big surprise for us at last!

  7. beegeagle says:

    About time, Gbash. “Na morning be monkey playtime, my broda” Let them strike while the iron is hot.

    The 15,000-man Nigerian Navy, like the rest of the defence and security forces are expected to boost their numbers in 2012. The C-in-C gave clear instructions to that effect during Q4 2012

    The Navy is now comprised of five Commands – Western Naval Command, Eastern Naval Command, Central Naval Command, Logistics Command and Sea Training Command. They also have the crack Special Boat Service. What they now need to do is to raise a Naval Infantry Command of about 2,400 seamen with three autonomous naval regiments to coincide with the 3 fleet commands.

    In conjunction with the two amphibious brigades of the Army, those would serve as our amphibious operations and littoral warfare specialists, thereby freeing up the Army’s infantrymen for upland engagements.

    Nice move by the Navy. We now await the Nigerian Air Force’s inauguration of her own special operations unit – to complement their infantry-type Nigerian Air Force Regiment AND the Army and Navy special forces.

  8. Please can you confirm the newly created COIN DIVISION ( 4TH ? OR 101?) will be based in BORNO? or YOBE?
    I am very happy that one of the things we rednecks have advocated for has finally come true that is the CENTRAL COMMAND since I am not good with the geography of the south south I hope and pray it is situated eithier in Bayelsa or CALABAR (I AM FROM TH WESTERN REGION) just like the name CALABAR and the people and hope to visit one day.
    Call it gut instinct or premonition we red necks believe that there are some highly dedicated officers that read this blog what we try to do is make NIgeria a better place,security wise WE UNDERSTAND the need not to DISCUSS what may be deemed AS CLASSIFIED.
    However what NIgeria needs and what we clamor for is a better organized , reformed, well equipped highly professional armed forces and the BEST IN AFRICA #1 not subject ot the whims of any nation.
    Personally I have no MILTARY EXPERIENCE, but logically we can put two and two together and come to a logical conclusion .
    The secrecy surrounding the sales/ procurment by the MOD needs to stop it does not make a jot of sense anytime we make a huge procurement it is listed (U,N. AGREEMENT) what makes it EVEN ANNOYING SOMETIMES IS THE INACCURACY OF what I deem unreliable websites (wiki, janes) Thank GOD for beeagle we should not have to wait to the yearly MILTARY EXPO to know what we really have .
    MR BEEAGLE / DOZIEX/ XNUR/FELLOW REDNECKS QUESTION :
    Where are the deepest parts of our shoreline? that will be suitable for the berthing of submarines
    i am grateful for the central command but I will continue TO ADVOCATE for a least two Kilo class submarines and A SUBMARINE SCHOOL.
    Once again thank you for the good news MR BEEAGLE.

    • beegeagle says:

      We do not have the designation or AOR of the proposed new division. However, 3 Armoured Division’s AOR is comparable in size to Cote d’Ivoire OR Guinea and Sierra Leone put together. If that does not hit home, that means an AOR that is larger than Ghana Togo OR Uganda Rwanda Burundi put together.

      It is almost inevitable that this is the AOR which is going to be split up. From some parts of that AOR inside Nasarawa State to its farthest reaches on the Lake Chad, it takes a full 1,000km road trip to cover both extremes.

      Calabar is located at the easternmost end of our coastline facing our maritime frontiers with Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. That has been the HQ Garrison of the Eastern Naval Command for about 35 years now. So Calabar is on the extreme eastern corner just like Lagos lies at the opposite western end and is the HQ Garrison of both the Western Naval Command and the Sea Training Command.

      The geographical centre of the coastline should lie somewhere around the Warri-Escravos axis. I am sure that the Central Command would have the western Niger Delta and her EEZ as its AOR. That roughly coincides with the Benin River which is the geographical western limit of the Niger Delta while the northern limit of the geographical Niger Delta is the BIFURCATION at Aboh in the north of Delta State which is the point at which the unidirectional flow of the River Niger is broken up and the major distributary that is the Nun River,which you see at Sagbama, emerges.

      Extrapolating therefrom, it is reasonable to expect that the AOR of the Central Command shall probably cover the maritime region between Bayelsa State on the eastern bank of the Nun River at its easternmost limits, all of Delta State and on to the Benin River in Edo State at its most westerly limits. This would include such strategically important towns of naval interest such as the oil export terminal town that is Escravos Island, the port towns of Sapele, Koko, Burutu and Forcados, the oil and port city of Warri and Oghara, which is the HQ of the Logistics Command. We could see the centrally situated western Niger Delta city of Warri emerging as the HQ of this new Command. That is the most reasonable thing to expect.

      Concerning where to have submarines berthed – ESCRAVOS seems to be an ideal location – fabulous estuary and deepwater precincts. Remember that oil export towns such as Eket(Exxon Mobil), Bonny Island(Shell) and Escravos(Chevron Texaco) have deepwater harbours to allow for supertankers which come into the country to lift crude and are ALL infinitely qualified to enjoy that privilege. Of these three towns however, Escravos is the centrally located one and is almost equidistant to Lagos and Calabar.

      As for the choice of submarines, we need no questions to be asked. We are going to require three submarines and each of the improved Kilo-class subs costs $350m, brand-new. The PROVEN compromise with its superbly stealthy antecedents is the Song-class submarines of China.

      IF the Song-class submarines were able to evade detection of an American aircraft carrier group which had its own subs in tow, could not detect the Song class submarine with all the sophisticated gadgetry installed on the USS Kitty Hawk above and her escort submarines below, that is what we need to pounce on. It goes with the assurance that NO submarine or countermeasures operated or in place in Africa as of today, would be able to outwit the Song class submarines which are inevitably also going to be more affordable than all brands in the market today for all its advertised effectiveness.

      Three subs are what we need for a start – one in support of each naval command and as detailed in the Navy’s 10-year Strategic Acquisition Plan. To that extent, I say let us grab three brand-new Song-class submarines. Once you let Nigerians know what it achieved against formidable American vessels, our overly critical but mostly impressionable, if not outrightly ignorant compatriots, would certainly be hushed up…

    • doziex says:

      @Jimmy 100% CO-SIGN !!!

      As for the submarine pens, I am not sure of the ocean depth, but bay areas, that is a body of water almost surrounded by land makes for good port facilities (civilian and military) as the land mass protects the bay waters from the destructive currents in the wider ocean.
      Bay is equal to Bight is equal to GULF. As in gulf of guinea, Bight of Biafra. So our entire coast line due to geography is suitable for port facilities.
      I guess ocean depth will come in handy, if one wants to construct bomb proof concrete submarine pens.
      Furthermore, most of the up-to-date submarines are designed to navigate Littoral waters very well. I guess to further protect our subs, one can sail up some of our wider rivers. but thats neither here nor there. A few batteries of S-300 grumble will give us all the aerial protection we want.

      • tope says:

        Thanks for the update, just airing my mind.

        Seriously speaking Mr Beegeagle I think yoy are the right man or guy to talk to our military red-necks. Why not? We can come to up-to-date info and give them support aka pressurizing govt. to give them more strings.

        Anyways @jimmy @doziex if I am to choose a state where submarine operations can operate I think firstly it will be Akwa ibom with both littoral and ocean waters. It makes for a perfect combination to have such open subsurface command wit both civilian research subs and military subs.

        The bay area will be made of materials to shield from US military satellites or Russian spy satellites. If we want to maintain secrecy, we need to have a dedicated regiment and marine commando unit attached to it and beef up anti-piracy operations.

        Also, we can have subsurface training schools in Lagos, Delta, Rivers and Calabar to also assist in operations. This makes our waters totally protected and also if we want to go all hi-tech, we can sink hydrophones and listen to ocean vessels and their movements to know the annual traffic and plan for more navigation.

        It will open up ports as Ibom sets to do a new deepwater seaport to provide 100,000 jobs and Ibom waters wont be dredged cos of its geography making it the perfect place to complement the Maritime Academy and Diving School at Oron and Ikot Abasi areas.

        We do need underwater simulation tanks such as the types in NASA to help out in diving operations though I think its time we go hi-tech on these pirates all they know how to do is bunkering and are not equipped to jam frequencies or fight well the oars is in NN.

        Let us watch out and see what the Central Command will do and the COIN command’s firepower. Like I’ve said, 2012 is the beginning of military might. Once I’m done with school – my final year though – I’m applying to the Navy.

        Thinking of building me a ROV robot to help them. Let’s see.

      • beegeagle says:

        There is a glut of bay-like formations to be found in and around those estuaries(ocean inlets) such as Escravos, Brass, Formoso etc.

        Nigeria alone in Africa has two oceanic currents mixing in her EEZ – the warm Benguela current from the south and the cold Canary current from the northwest. We alone also have TWO bights within our coastline – the Bight of Benin and the Bight of Bonny(formerly the Bight of Biafra – from which the abortive secessionist republic took its name)

        The existence of the vast Niger Delta on the Gulf of Guinea coastline has also given rise to a plethora of estuaries, as the outflow from the inland delta is seemingly matched by oceanic surges inland.

        We have limitless possibilities here. That is what our basic knowledge of physical geography suggests to me.

  9. Gbash says:

    @Mr Beeg I am very impressed with your analysis and suggestion about the stealthy Song-Class submarine built by the Chinese,however we may still need the Improve Kilo-Class submarine built by the Russians this is because of its offensive weapons capabilities or the stealthy and dreadful Swedish Gotland-Class submarine,infact we need these three classes of submarines urgently;we could pay by supply crude oil and LNG which we have in abudance.
    @ Tope, forget about the US selling their pride and top-secret F-22 Raptor war plane to Nigeria.They have not done that to their strategic allied Great Britain,not even to Isreal.Please read “The Spy Catcher” by Sir Peter Wright a former Mi5 agent,on how the US withhold some vital informations on the research of making Nuclear Bomb while they were working together!Please it would be mild you would call our intelligence operatives ‘Agents’ instead of “Spies”.

  10. tope says:

    Thanks Gbash well just saw this new post from DICON a new partnership to produce Body Armour and Vest from one company like dat this will go a long way to keeping our Security Agents Safe also I want DICON to go hi-tech Good work in dia Nigerian Version Ak-47 I hope it matches up wit da Real thing and also dia Mortar and RPGs dis is a great invention wat I tink d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ should now focus on is a construction of an AirWing Facility to build Small crafts and Even shipyards and go heavy in Main or Light Battle Tank Production going up to Unmanned Vehicles and Robot ROVs if possible as Funfunding is da main problem it is to get support from all ministries n increase defense contract agreements let us see wat Serbia and Ukraine deals will bring as d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ hv met and assessed situations and providing assistance also Engineers of DICON and Army are in China to learn all Engineering disciplines to help dem Grow we still do need more civilian and private sector participation wit universities individuals colleges private investors to develop security and organise Design and Military ordinance events to bring in people to help design and set up policies to drive da Defense sector Foward

  11. Yagazie says:

    Jimmy- the deepest part of our shore-line is in Akwa Ibom (Ikot Abasi) and in the past there had been talk by the Navy to situate a submarine base there.

    Beeg- reading your response (going down memory lane) I noticed the phrases “…A few month later, I joined he Nigerian Army cadet unit in my dear Federal Government College…” To my knowledge (and experiene) only one FGC in Nigeria has an army cadet unit. My suspicions were confirmed by the next phrase in the response “…we would pace the streets around the Marina in Lagos and purchase back isues of those second- hand magazines…” Hmm – “FLOREAT COLLEGIUM” ..and keep up the fantistic work you are doing on this blog.

    • beegeagle says:

      Yagz, YAGZ my great friend(laughing), I see you are a Kings College Old Boy with its very long traditions of retaining a Nigerian Army Cadet Unit through which the like of Regular Course 1 officer, Ishola Williams cut their tender military teeth and from there proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy.

      No, I am not a KC Old Boy and there were a few other Unity Schools(the older ones) which had Cadet Units as well.

      Well, nice to know a little bit more about you. We have something else in common, I see – not just this interest in the military.

  12. beegeagle says:

    Concerning Ikot Abasi, are you aware that they have a new naval base there – NNS Jubilee and is still being developed? Well, the RUSAL Aluminum Smelting Plant is sited at Ikot Abasi and the Mobil Oil Export Terminal at Eket is nearby.

    That could be the reason why. It could also be related to the hunt for submarines. It was first announced in 2009 that the Nigerian Navy sent some officers and ratings to Pakistan for submarine warfare training.

    We shall keep tabs on that and furnish us with corroborated information as soon as we have it.

    • I really want to thank everybody to the questions I posed. THE educational ASPECTS to me in terms of the geography were truly ASTONISHING. What was also HEARTWARMING was THE number of REDNECKS who contributed to it this means that there are a lot of Nigerians who truly care ONCE again thanks to all
      I will say this : “IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME” whether it IS IKOT ABASI or ESCRAVOS if the F.G. is serious about the F.O.B’S one CAN easly be transformed within a matter of a year into a fully operational base.

    • xnur44 says:

      Submarines, despite their image of offensive power, have always had a role that is primarily defensive (emphasis is on the diesel-electric subs). The offensive role has only become important as technology has improved the fighting power of the submarine and it is noticeable that every navy that has adopted the submarine has done so, initially at least to safeguard their coastline from enemy surface fleets.
      The submarine shares with the mine the distinction of being a potent threat merely by being present, the knowledge that submarines are available, even if they never leave harbor, will force an enemy to keep a respectful distance, and a comparatively small number of submarines will therefore exercise a disproportionate influence on the course of events at sea.
      Nigeria Navy which contemplates the creation of a submarine force will, however find that She have taken on many more problems than they do with surface warships. The major drawback to the submarine is that she requires many experienced and technically well qualified personnel to keep her running, not only on board but shore. A badly maintained surface warship can, if her mechanical problems are not too severe, always get to sea and perform some limited functions; a defective submarine may all too easily kill her entire crew.
      Maintenance is not only expensive and time consuming; it has to be comprehensive and so a single submarine will be unavailable for months on end. Even three boats is not a credible force, e.g. no.1 will be operational, no.2 will be finishing her refit and no.3 will be starting her refit. Five boats seem to be the minimum, if two boats are to be available for most of the time.
      If the Nigeria Navy wishes to take submarines into their inventory, She will have to pay great attention to these problems, if not they will find that they have expensive ‘toys’ which absorb their most precious assets, their highly skilled ratings and engineers.

      • beegeagle says:

        XNur44, I do get your point. Perhaps the number of submarines needed for the “relay race” which you described above explains why Thailand opted to acquire SIX decommissioned German submarines at a cost of US$216m – that meant a unit cost of US$36m.

  13. beegeagle says:

    BBC AFRICA ARE ANYTHING BUT OBJECTIVE

    On this thread, Beegeagle wrote:

    ” Do not be surprised if it turns out to be that after last January’s meeting of the US-Nigeria Binational Commission which focused on security and with the outstanding
    performance so far put in by the Nigerian Navy’s Task Group 11.1 in her anti-piracy patrols of the waters of nextdoor Benin Republic, the Navy might have done enough to justify the transfer of some US ships to the
    operationally-seasoned Navy, so that they can take charge of national and regional sealanes alike – counterinsurgency, fisheries protection, anti-bunkering, offshore facilities protection and counterpiracy operations.

    Relative to August 2011 figures, the frequency of pirate attacks offshore Benin Republic has plummeted by over 95%, thanks to the involvement of the Nigerian Navy.”

    END OF QUOTE

    For many of us Nigerians, it is not difficult to see that the mantra of objectivity which the BBC love to hide behind is ever so often perforated by a barrage of blatantly biased and outrightly misleading reports which BBC AFRICA continue to churn out.

    Using one of her self-loathing in-country hirelings who would pee on himself to earn his master’s pounds as harbinger of slanted reportage, BBC AFRICA while trying to report the fact that pirates today attacked and shot dead a ship captain and engineer in our EEZ – 200 km south of Lagos, strangely keyed into the report a ridiculous footnote which claimed that Nigeria’s partnership with Benin towards ensuring maritime security “has not achieved any results”. That was truly pathetic and a blatant lie.

    So the NAVFOR in the Gulf of Aden which has been on patrol for 5 years, with all UN veto-wielding powers involved and with Turkey, Korea etc in tow have not achieved anything as well insofar as there continues to be four or five hijackings of ships offshore Somalia on a monthly basis?

    Howbeit then that during the period since joint Benin-Nigeria maritime security operations commenced in September 2011, we have gone from an average of four ships being hijacked in Beninois territorial waters every month to today’s reality which has not witnessed 3 episodes of ship hijackings in Benin since the Nigerian Navy arrived?

    Is that about the British neocolonial inclination towards perpetually creating the impression that Africans cannot help themselves – an idea steeped in paternalism? Like the British media, after the brief tango with 300 Westside Boys(neighbourhood urchins) turned around to claim the glory of having “saved” Sierra Leone whereas they were nowhere to be found when battles involving 65,000 soldiers and guerrillas on all sides raged on in Freetown?

    As we speak, with African troops having made significant gains in the fight against Al-Shabaab brigands – with French and American naval, air and drone attacks in support, the British, sensing that the tide has turned now want to send their troops into Somalia, so that by the time the war is over they would use their famously jingoistic media to rewrite the story of the war in Somalia – like they did in Sierra Leone?

    They start by pushing for wimpy solutions and trying to use Human Development Indices to justify why money should not be spent by a nation to pursue military objectives or to acquire hardware – hiding behind that to sit on the fence. Then, when those who are more inclined towards military action make gains and have taken the heat in their quest to stabilize a situation, Britain offer to send troops!

    It is clear that the BBC cannot justify their oft-mouthed claims of objectivity if they cannot find out -

    * from the International Maritime Bureau, how many ships were getting attacked/hijacked in Beninois waters between January and August 2011.

    * how many ships have been hijacked since the Nigerian Navy’s Task Group 11.1 entered Beninois territorial waters to fight pirates?

    * do the BBC have bones to pick with Nigeria? If not, why the shameless misrepresentation of facts?

    * Could the penchant for journalistic malevolence by BBC Africa be the reason why Nigeria is perhaps the only country in Africa south of the Sahara where the BBC have been denied FM radio frequencies with which to broadcast drivel to Nigerians in their typically insidious style?

    * Can the BBC ensure that the inadequacies of some emasculated egos does not continue to bog down its reportage of Nigerian affairs by foisting assumptions on its audience rather than sticking to the basic journalistic precepts which allow for balanced coverage.

    Be it known to the ignoramuses who churn out such stupid reports that ONLY BBC AFRICA are unaware of the fact that the anti-piracy patrols in Benin have been HUGELY SUCCESSFUL.

    READ:

    NIGERIA,BENIN ANTI-PIRACY PATROL SUCCESSFUL

    defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20172:nigeria-benin-anti-piracy-patrols-successful&catid=51:Sea&Itemid=106

  14. beegeagle says:

    Now take a look at this gorgeous ship – the hull was constructed in China while NATO/EU navtronics and weapons systems were installed on her.

    This was what we meant when we said that we should concentrate on hull construction in China and Korea and then, we can arm our ships with Israeli navtronics, missiles and countermeasures and Chinese naval artillery.

    We do not need to rob a bank to stay afloat. Today, a ship was attacked 200 kilometres to the south of Lagos. To take charge of those parts, we need CAPITAL ships such as these OPVs – not Manta ASD Littoral Interceptors which are suited to coastal operations. The pirates are moving farther out to sea.

    BTW, my emphasis on ships in the 85+ metre 1,500+ tonne category is predicated on their ability to withstand the turbulence entailed in deep oceanic operating conditions.
    These Pattani-class OPVs sailed from Thailand to the Gulf of Aden to join the anti-piracy operations.

    This is what Nigeria needs.

    ROYAL THAI NAVY PATTANI CLASS OPVS – BUILT BY THE CHINA STATE SHIPBUILDING CORPORATION

    THIS IS THE PATTANI’S SISTER SHIP, HYMS NARATHIWAT

    HTMS NARATHIWAT(WIKIMEDIA PHOTO)

    HTMS NARATHIWAT(MYTEXTGRAPHICS PHOTO)

    Displacement: 1,440 tons (full)

    Length: 95.5 m

    Beam: 11.6 m

    Draft: 3.0 m

    Propulsion:

    2 x Ruston16RK270 diesel engine, driving two shafts with controllable pitch propellers

    Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h)

    Range: 3500 nmi(6480 km) at 15 knots

    Complement: 84

    Sensors and processing
    systems:

    1 x Selex RAN-30X/I multimode surveillance radar with IFF

    1 x Rheinmetall TMX/EO fire control radar and optronic director

    3 x Raytheon Anschutz NSC-25 SeaScout navigational radar

    Combat system

    Atlas Elektronik COSYS combat management system

    Navigation system Raytheon Anschutz IBS/ INS NSC-series

    Communication system

    Rohde & Schwarz Integrated
    Communication system

    Armament:
    1 x Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid

    2 x Denel Land Systems GI-2 20mm autocannon

    2 x U.S. Ordnance M2HB .50 caliber machine gun

    2 x Mk.141 RGM-84 Harpoon SSM launcher

  15. We have tried to get our comments printed about BBC THEY NEVER GET PRINTED NEVER EVER unless you ARE CRTICISING NIGERIA I DON’T EVEN BOTHER. this is one organization that has been pathetic since the civil war when they were FORCED TO FIRE that dog F.F for erroneous reports this is the type of organization we are dealing with .Most 1st world COUNTRIES steer CLEAR OF BRITAIN OUTSIDE OF THEIR SPECIAL FORCES,because it is not worth it. History has already recorded who did WHAT AND WHY in SL and LIBERIA and this may even be grudging given but NIGERIA is given it’s due in the american press.
    Another thing about the mediocrity associated with bbc they are not really used by people for in depth ANALYSIS ANY MORE other than NIGERIA IS GOING TO BREAK YESTERDAY , TODAY OR TOMMOROW there is nothing else to report.
    FINACIALLY nIGERIA IS POISED BY all independent FINANCIAL accounts S S&P ,MOODYS within 5-10 YEARS TO OVERTAKE SOUTH AFRICA in terms of G.D.P. AND economic power it was only barely mentioned
    London before 7/7 (terrorist bomb attack) was refered to in some American INTELLIGENCE CIRCLES as LONDONSTAN due to its perpetual habits of habouring terrorist WANTED IN OTHER COUNTRIES IT IS NO SURPRISE TO US THAT SOME OF BH money is being traced to the u.k ANY WORD FROM BBC about this nope STAY TUNED for the next interview FROM a human rights activist IN NIGERIA

  16. doziex says:

    @ Jimmy please do not underestimate the revisionist history abilities of the brits and their bbc.
    Even during the ecomog sierra leone campaign, other global publications were by default quoting the twisted facts(read lies) of the bbc.
    This was because nigeria was largely MUM. nigeria was so poor at countering the bbc onslaught that at times, it was president Tejan Kabba’s information minister that was left to counter lies against nigerian troops.

    Remember at the beginning of hostilities, when Abacha ordered the naval shelling of freetown. Our units at the Lungi airport and the inland JUI base were braced for AFRC/RUF retaliation.
    However, somebody forgot to remind our commanders that we had earlier sent out a lightly armed 50 man unit to secure foreigners at the MAMA YOKO HOTEL. We did this as a favor to the americans even though it endangered the lives of our troops.

    Anyway as recorded by history, all hell broke loose. The AFRC and their new RUF allies descended on the hotel with a couple thousand trapped foreigners guarded by 50 lightly armed nigerian troops. They surrounded the hotel on 3 sides with the 4th side facing the ocean. ( Talk about being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea ). They let loose with AK-47s, PKMs, RPGs, RCLS, mortars, truck mounted AAA, a few BMP-2 IFVs, MI-24 & 17 helicopter gunships and 2 chinese built coastal patrol boats armed with mortars and AAA.

    They smartly picked on the NA’s weakest link; the exposed small force on a humanitarian mission.
    Anyway, BBC’s Liz Blount without giving any context or scale, reported as if the entire NIBAT contingent was being routed.
    At the hotel, the foreigners sheltered in the basement while the 50 lightly armed nigerian soldiers bravely held off the onslaught. This continued the whole day, until the red cross arranged a truce to save the foreigners.
    Later, the brits awarded an ex british soldier present at the hotel their highest award, crediting him with single handedly saving the day. They said he took over effective command of the scared nigerian troops. They said he encouraged them to fight and also save ammo. ALL THIS THEY CONCLUDED BASED ON THE ACCOUNT OF ONE MAN. Some how, his WHITE SKIN magically infused bravery into NA troops. And as usual, NO REBUTTAL from nigeria. Not even to defend the HONOUR of the ONE young soldier that died that day.
    This was the 1st of a pattern of LIES and MISREPRESENTATIONS by the BBC to steal the thunder of nigerian troops.

  17. beegeagle says:

    LIVE footage from the Battle of Mammy Yoko Hotel, JUNE 1997, Sierra Leone.

    STAY TUNED for more photos
    (source: DAYLIFE)

    Nigerian soldier returns fire at the Mammy Yoko Hotel

    A Nigerian soldier shoots 2 June 1997 from the roof of the Mammy Yoko hotel in Freetown, which was besieged by Sierra Leonean soldiers and rebels in retaliation for a Nigerian Navy bombardment of the West African capital.

    Some of the 600 civilians were evacuated 02 June from the
    Mammy Yoko hotel after the
    International Committee of the Red Cross negotiated a truce.US Marines evacuted more than 1,200 people from Freetown 03 June in airlift to rescue foreigners

    Injured Nigerian soldier at the Mammy Yoko Hotel

    A severely wounded Nigerian soldier lies 02 June in the basement of the Mammy Yoko hotel in the capital Freetown, where at least 49 people,mainly civilians,were killed as Nigerian troops fought forces backing the coup leaders in Sierra Leone.

    Some 600 civilians were evacuated from the hotel later 02 June as the International Committee of the Red Cross negotiated a truce between Nigerian troops defending it and combined forces of Sierra Leonean soldiers and rebels attacking it. US Marines evacuted more than 1,200 people from Freetown 03 June in airlift to rescue foreigners trapped in the West African capital.

    Nigerian Armoured Corps officer at the Battle of Mammy Yoko Hotel

    See this chap from 3 Armoured Division, now Lt. Colonel Alechenu who is now a Commanding Officer in the Niger Delta.

    As a Lieutenant way back in 1997, he is seen here during the Battle of Mammy Yoko Hotel.

    Cannot stop laughing. DANG..mighty surprise…ACTION!!

  18. doziex says:

    On another occasion, after a long stand off between the NA’s troops enforcing the UN embargo and the combined forces of the AFRC( SLR ARMY ) and the RUF (libya, burkinabe and Charles taylor backed rebels).
    An AFRC merc flown mi-24 attacked the NA base at lungi. In the murky events that followed, one of the two NAF alphajets took off in hot pursuit of the mi-24. The alphajet pilot supposedly spotted the helicopter land at Cockeril barracks, the headquaters of the Junta.

    As the mi-24 landed, the NAF alphajet bombed the barracks destroying the mi-24 and killing several AFRC brass in one fell swoop. There was the usual reprisal attacks on the highway blocking NA base at JUI. But this time, Colonel Max Khobe(late) was ready for them.

    This turned out to be one of the most one-sided battlefield victories for the NA force. They routed the AFRC/RUF from several of the satelite towns surrounding freetown.

    BUT AGAIN the BBC reported the opposite. All day, they reported the claims of the RUF supremo Sam Bockarie alias mosquito. He boasted that he had killed several thousand NA soldiers and captured 400 troops at their Jui base.
    After reporting this LIE all day, the BBC finally called Col. Khobe who chuckled at the claims of sam bockarie. He said, that the RUF’s claim represents more troops than he had in all of sierra leone.

    And in the following days when ecomog led some journalists to their newly captured satelline towns, to totally debunk Sam bockarie’s claims, BBC NEVER PUT OUT A RETRACTION.

  19. beegeagle says:

    That is why we have said over and over again that the average Western journalist mostly comes across as being naturally insidious and on the contrarian side as a matter of ethical conditioning. Never mind the effusive claims of impartiality which they all hold up as mantra.

    Otherwise, why would one get into a country for the first time and go exploring garbage dumps rather than seeing how people live in what should be their natural abodes – houses…as is the case in the foreign journalist’s own home country. They come in expecting the worst and that already constitutes a mental brickwall and an obstacle to a balanced appreciation of life and living in their host countries.

    Worse, they have a natural inclination towards hiring a genre of resident Nigerian correspondents who mostly seem to possess a limitless capacity for self-denigration and who are adept at presenting their country in the worst-possible light, in line with the monotonous rhythm of their Pater Noster, which to their paymasters represents the quality of being unbiased. You cannot have a NORMAL impression of your country and hope to get heard by the BBC(Jimmy Hollyee was so right).But try being the rabble-rousing scatterbrain and you are on your way to becoming an “expert” or “respected activist”

    The Nigerian-born newscasters in London are however largely OK – Bola Mosuro, Peter Okwoche and they do have some balanced Africans who try to work professionally and not get carried away or latch onto the Nigeria bashing bandwagon. Some of those include Paul Bakibinga of Uganda and Hassan Arouni of Sierra Leone.

    Here is how it basically pans out..a foreign journalist gets into a country plunges straight into fellowship with civil rights activists,militants, revolutionaries and opposition politicians. It is only after they have had their worldviews thoroughly warped that they begin to look around for people on the other side, by which time their perspectives have almost certainly been irredeemably compromised.

    After decades of antagonizing foreign governments in a bid to force regime change, it is not working and they still would not be dissuaded. That far-fetched ideal was achieved by Facebook users in a matter of weeks.

    So it is not working. Instead, mediocrity is gaining ground within their circuit as they have refused to focus on delivering unbiased news, preferring to malign the character of nations and to run down governments of any country which wont kowtow to Britain and her quest to relive her faded years of imperial glory.

    The BBC need to go back to reporting the news without preconceived notions or predetermined gameplans and leave its unsolicited social crusades to those who are better able to handle it or take a good look at Britain and remove the beam in their own eyes before seeking to pull the speck from the eyes of other people. NO, it is not true that you have to be hostile to governments to be popular with the people.

    Beegeagle’s bloggers are overwhelming positive, even if very blunt and constructively critical. But it is working well and far better than mainstream media despondency.

    In the perking order out here in blogosphere, when you have subscribers and blog followers on all continents from America to Israel and Korea, analysts from the most referenced international defence thinktanks following, local and foreign military and intelligence bigwigs visiting, appreciative policymakers plus 2,000 – 3,000 others visiting your blog everyday, you play in blogosphere’s Top 10% – the A-List of blogosphere. Check the stats from WordPress and Blogspot which are the two most popular blog hosting communities just to be sure. These details are decipherable from behind our control panel.

    Above all, it is instructive that this was not achieved by daily proclaiming that “Nigeria is finished” or by belching forth negative and hostile propaganda.

  20. doziex says:

    Yeah Beeg, Thanks for the nice pictures. We need to reveal the truth as much as possible, on behalf of the voiceless, but brave nigerian army soldiers.

    Unfortunately, nigerian army press corp with all the 1st hand information and footage would rather not UP LOAD THIS INFO ON THEIR WEB SITE OR MAGAZINE. Instead, they would rather post ceremonial pictures of SENIOR OFFICERS and THEIR WIVES. ( that is nigeria’s OGA come first culture at it’s worst )
    And the sad fact is that WE are shooting ourselves in the foot, in an environment were some media savvy hounds (BBC & CNN) rely on our incompetence or is it lack of focus, to manipulate the narrative WHICH BECOMES THE UNCHALLENGED HISTORICAL ACCOUNT.

    Beeg, Sorious Samura, is a journalist in the mould you just described. His biased, anti nigerian army documentory, CRY FREETOWN got him employment for a while on CNN.

    Instead of reporting the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY, he omitted the GOOD. The unprecidented bravery, valor and sacrifice of nigerian soldiers. He convieniently left out the heroics, knowing that a story futuring the BAD and the UGLY would play well with the CNN/ western prefered narrative of the incompetent but brutish nigerian soldier.

  21. Gbash says:

    WAOOO…! that was a very good one even if BBC,CNN,SKY NEWS do not say any thing good about the Galant role the Nigerian Armed Forces played during the Liberian and Sierra Leonean Civil Wars,we know what our soldiers,sailors and airmen did for both countries;we are very proud of them. Shame on your Neo-colonial propaganda and the traitors working with you,wicked people.
    @ Mr Beeg,must we take permission from Britain before we call either the Israeli IAI or Indian HAL to come and comprehensively upgrade our Sepecat Jaguar jets with the latest Isreali avionics,instal new radars with capabilities to launch guided munitions,ECM/ESM,and brand-new Indian Jaguar engines on these aircrafts in-coutry?Guys you all need to see these wonderful birds when they are brought out of STORAGE.Some thing is wrong within MoD Abuja and within the Defence HQ as well as NAF HQ. MAKE I SHOUT AGAIN WAKE UP TRUE COMPATRIOT!!!
    Is it true that the FG is about to send 700 troops now for Peace Support Mission abroad when our house is already on fire?

    • beegeagle says:

      Gbash, let us wait for XNur44 who has the complete dossier on that matter.

      What is clear that the Jags were flown for less than seven years before they were crated and put into storage and the Indians have very attractive Jaguar upgrade solutions which we can key into. The F5 and Mirage III were airborne a decade before the Jag. So if the F5 is still aloft on all continents and the Mirage IIIs and Vs are still serving with airforces, nothing stops us from reviving ours.

      The other day, we gave our preference for an orbat for the NAF which was built around Su-27s/Su-30s and F-7NI/PGs. There is a place in the second-string intermediate range FGA role for the Jags which would be almost brand-new having be crated so early in the day. My honest take, buddy..

      The 700 troops need to stay back home and help with facilities protection, if not the mainstream COIN ops. We are saying that of the six battalions in Darfur and Liberia, four should be pulled back. How come they are sending more troops out?

  22. beegeagle says:

    There you are, XNur44.

    Last night, Gbash asked questions pertaining to the possibility of reviving the crated Jaguar jets with Indian logistical support.

    You have kept tabs on those airframes the longest, big bro. What do you think the impediments to that would be? Any restraining clauses to be contended with?

  23. xnur44 says:

    To the uninitiate, weapon sales requirement vary country by country; while some put a tight lid on who gets what, others are more liberal while a few do not care for the end use of such weapon systems and treat such transactions as commercial with few or no strings attached. Nigeria is one of the few countries to be cleared for the jaguar purchase.

    There are clauses, ranging from favorable political disposition to non aggression posture of recipient country. Let me be clear on the later; if a specific country wishes to buy a weapon system that has an offensive capability, the recipient country need to be cleared by the ‘country of origin’ highest decision making body. This is intentional to checkmate the misuse of the weapon system against excessive internal repression, illegal transfer to countries not so cleared, reverse engineering of technology, potential use of such weapons against the ‘country of origin’ or threaten her oversea interest with such weapons.

    Nigeria can and will receive clearance if MoD can get their acts together by making a formal request to the British authorities to undertake specific updates (avionic, powerplant, weapon system) either with BAE affiliates or Hindustan (HAL) and supply of spare parts. Do not forget that the jaguar jet being weapon platform need to be armed to match her deep penetration capabilities. I can say here that up till now, the NAF do not have precision guided munitions (PGM) in her inventory apart from the PL-9c AAM that came with the F-7Ni and this is only in the air-to-air role. One may recall the lack of PGMs in the NAF which accounted for numerous inaccuracies and repeated dangerous attack flight profiles as enunciated by pilots who flew ECOMOG missions. This is a general problem with the way NAF jets are wired for weapon delivery, they cannot deliver PGMs and I dare say that NAF strike arm today is composed of trainers which are not a palatable state of affairs.

    However there is need for the NAF to acquire a new multirole fighter if she deems it too expensive to update the Sepecat Jaguar jet (I beat my chest: WHAT A WASTE!).

  24. beegeagle says:

    Meanwhile we are keeping tabs on about 10 concluded or impending transactions

    * Progress of work on the refurbishment of six Coastal Patrol Craft by TP Marine

    * FY 2011 contract for the construction of two OPVs in Korea and China

    * Status of the 2011 quest to have naval vessels constructed in Turkey (news report was posted here last October) after the CNS reportedly inspected shipyards as a prelude to selecting a contractor

    * Update on the MoU on defence signed between Prof Viola Onwuliri, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and officials of the Ukrainian government last August

    * The visit of the Serbian Defence Minister to Nigeria last September(report was published here) during which the production of armoured vehicles in-country was discussed

    * The visit of the President of the Belarussian state arms exporter to Nigeria last October(the report was carried here)

    * The visit of the Russian ambassador to the Minister of Defence last October(the report was carried here)

    * The visit of the President of an Israeli armoured vehicle manufacturing plan to the Defence Ministerlast October(the
    report was carried here)

    * Status of the Oshkosh SandCat mine-protected LPV acquisition

  25. Gbash says:

    @ XNURR and Mr Beeg thank you all on the issue of the Jaguar jets,it is very painful as a Nigerian to know that for now, nothing is being down to refurbish these aircrafts!

  26. Yagazie says:

    Gentlemen, please lets not waste any more time and space on the BBC- who are quick to report bad news comming from Nigeria, but rarely report any good news- plenty of which abound!

    Beegs- nice one- I had no idea that some other FGC’s had Cadet Units- thanks for putting me straight…and yes KCOB- guilty (with pleasure) as charged!

    You were right in your earlier analysis of the AOR for the new Central Naval Command. I read on the Nigerian Navy Website that the CNC’s AOR would stretch from the Benin River entrance (Long 0050 00′E) to Santa Barbara River entrance (Long 0060 30′E) covering a distance of 156NM. Costal states to be covered by the CNC are Bayelsa, Delta and Edo states, while it’s landward AOR include Kogi state (to encompass the new naval FOB- NNS LUGARD in Lokoja). From the above it would seem logical that the CNC would have it’s headquarters in Warri- Delta state.

    I also happened to come accross a recent article- a copy of the Address (Nigerian Navy: Challenges and Responses) which was a lecture presented by the CNS Vice -Admiral Ibrahim CFR to the participants of the NDC Course 20 on 12 January 2012. It made interestng reading – especially the reference to the NN Transformation Plan 2011-2020 which is the blue- print expected to drive all NN activities in the next decade. These navy guys are really clued up and have a well thought out plan to revitalise our navy – which is really heartwarming. Lets hope our politicians provide the adequate funding to enable the navy realise this vision.

    Concerning the possible new acquisitions for the Nigerian Air Force, I recall that when the present CDS- ACM Petirin was the COS for the Airforce, he visited the Ukraine & Belarus where some Nigerian air force cadet pilots were in training. From the pictures taken, it was clear that these guys were being trained on fixed wing aircraft and not helicopters. Neither Ukraine or Belarus have the F-7 aircraft in their inventory. It could be that the NAF would soon be getting the SU-27 or SU-30KK aircraft. Just an educated guess!!

    On the issue of publicity, the departments resonsible for running the websites for the NN, NAF and NA should wake up and update the sites regularly with relevant informatin. Take a look at the Soutth African Navy website or that of the South African Airforce- it’s professnally done and updated on a very regular basis. Instead of our country’s millitary websites simply showing pictures of officers being decorated with their new ranks with their wives posing in their finerey, the website should showcase the fighting capabilities of our men and women in uniform etc. Maybe then biased institutions like bbc and Janes Defence Review Journal will pay more attention to what they report about our country’s millitary capabilities.

    • tope says:

      Mr Beeg Xnur44 Yagazie I read here on the imminent arrival of the France agreement starting wit dat LPD shown now my question is dis is it going to be on loan for us to use or they aim to operate within our waters? Or it is just a customary visit to asset our problems and work out solutions! Permit me to say that although it is wonderful to see many countries coming to our aid we should be careful who we side ourselves with da clause da devil you know is better dan da angel you dont know aptly fits dis statement so my advice is dat Nigeria should have a fresh outlook on where she wants her arms to come from I prefer less bureaucratic nations to da big wigs n plus I tink our armed forces engineering colleges need overhaul and more investments should go to DICON and maybe tru PPP develop oda defense industries for mostly our air frames we need them urgently! Anyway pls do keep me informed on da arrival of the French ship to our waters

  27. beegeagle says:

    No Tope, it is probably on a training mission/flagstop here. There is no way in the world that Nigeria would accede to such an arrangement. Not in a country where Nigerians overwhelmingly rejected the Anglo-Nigeria Defence Pact in 1961.

    Nobody has mentioned the likelihood of any lease on that ship. We do not need to lease any LPD. We should go ahead and buy the absolutely right-priced Makassar-class LPD which is manufactured by Daewoo Shipbuilding.

    That 122 metre 8,800-ton hulk is available for $37.5 million. If we spent $80m in FY 2011 on the acquisition of nine Manta ASD Littoral Interceptors and are spending about $55m on the acquisition of a further six units this year, NOTHING stops us from spending $75-80 million on two Makassar-class LPDs.

    Before we threw the spotlight on this unbeatably priced platform, the Nigerian Navy were almost certainly going to settle for the Singaporean-built Endurance-class LPDs which cost about $135m. These Korean-built option is four times less pricey and carries more troops, supplies and 5 helicopters.

    We need to pounce immediately. Meet me on the FOREX RESERVES thread. Perspectives on offer, bro.

    • tope says:

      Thanks bro on the clarification as always we end up spending so much and getting to little may be the Armed forces logistic chiefs and all dose in charge of appropriation and Hardware buying should compare any available hardware and get the best of the best

  28. xnur44 says:

    These are NN confirmed orders:
    Defence budget proposal (DBP 2012): 2 OPVs – (confirmed order)
    DBP 2012: 6 coastal patrol vessels – 3x Shaldag vessels (confirmed order)
    DBP 2012: 6x 17m inshore patrol vessels – 3x 24m inshore patrol vessels (confirmed order)
    4x Helicopters (confirmed order)
    2x Naval Air Stations to be established at future date at Warri (Central Naval Command) and Calabar (Eastern Naval Command).

  29. Chionu Victor says:

    Gud morning all’ please, i’m 18 years of age, a secondary school leaver. It has been my dream to b in the Nigerian Navy force, please i need ur help. Some one shuld pls adress me. Tnx

    • doziex says:

      Hey Kid, It’s great you are trying to join the nigerian navy. Try their website(google it) for more contact information.
      I wish you and the navy the best.

  30. Please,some one should assist me look out for Commander Harry Ngonadi incharge of new naval base at ikot abasi,jubilee naval base Uyo.I used to lived in his boys quarter in the navy quarter in Reeve road Ikoyi lagos in 1993/94 along with his elder brother pastor frank Ngonadi of good shephard church.Right now am a senior staff with the University Of Benin,Edo State.Since late ’90s i lost contact with Harry and Frank Ngonadi.Please,connect me to my mentors and old friends on maxyprynce@yahoo.com , or 08050861933
    Hope to get a feedback,please.
    Maxwell Oshodin
    Uniben

  31. God help me joing this nigeria navy.batch 21 recruitment trainig

  32. Ucheemrys says:

    A boy called chibueze james ohaleta want to dieverd nigeria

  33. Peace be unto u,i wish d ex officers and d other rank d best of life, and those that are die since.

  34. Gabriel Chika says:

    Pls, I will like to know when the Nigeerian Navy Result Batch 21, 2012 will be released, pls if it is released keep me posted, my mobile no is: (+234)07032181079 and my email is stated above. Thanks and God bless you as you comply

  35. ike henry says:

    pls all i need is the day for applying navy form…….i definatly dont want to loose out on the next application……pls i need ur help here is my contact 08064988622

  36. Odey matthias says:

    It’s really bad to see that my efforts to see rear admiral EO Ogbor all the way from lagos to abuja prove abortive because of this so call protocol

  37. Abeshi Christopher B. says:

    With all due respect sir,i thank you for giving me the opportunity to post my comment.sir i’m an ND holder,i’m very interested to my country in the Nigeria navy and i don’t no haw to come in,may God bess you as you help me.long live you,Nigeria, your good work thanks may wait for your reply.my no’s is 08051472540 or 07061227549.

  38. pls i have an OND result in business administration,pls inform me if the naval form is out in 2013 recruiltment application excersices

  39. dr.ogunleye says:

    well done Nigerian navy!!!!
    Keep up the good work!
    Dr.Ogunleye(NNH,Calabar 2009-2010)

  40. hassan Godwin says:

    please i need help to jion the navy,please help i love to serve my country with good faith,and justice please help me i will be glad,i have my result and a training certificate of paramilitary,tanx

  41. Ajibade Cletus J says:

    This is a good re-appointment as this will foster progress and delivery of service in the NN. My well wishes go to all the officers who are changing offices to keep the flag flying and to allow continuity of service to be one of their agendas. This is because Nigeria has witnessed gross acts of discontinuity from new office holders. There is nothing wrong in trying to break new grounds and bring innovations in the new office, but it becomes a problem if what has been started by a predecessor is left unfinished just because you want to make a name for yourself. Be ready to learn and make your stand known to your subordinates, build a team spirit with them and in return, they will respect and support you as you try to achieve your goals. Ahoy.

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