NAMIBIA’S NEW 109m 2580t OFFSHORE PATROL+LOGISTICS VESSEL: ‘NS ELEPHANT’ S11

Namibian Navy Ship 'ELEPHANT S11'

Namibian Navy Ship ‘ELEPHANT S11’

NS ELEPHANT S11

NS ELEPHANT S11

Christened: Namibian Navy Ship ‘ELEPHANT’ S11

Built by: WUHAN Shipyard(China)

Delivered: August 2012

Length: 109 metres

Displacement: 2,580 t

Crew: 65

Carrying Capacity:
– 24 ton containers
– Six 12-ton APCs
– 150 troops

Armament:
– one 37mm main gun
– two 14.5mm twin MGs

Helicopter deck : YES

Construction period: 18 months (Jan 2011-July 2012)

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7 Responses to NAMIBIA’S NEW 109m 2580t OFFSHORE PATROL+LOGISTICS VESSEL: ‘NS ELEPHANT’ S11

  1. jimmy says:

    This i believe is what we need plus a missile CAPABILITY of SA /ASW CAPABILITY.

    • beegeagle says:

      For a ship this size(described by some as a multipurpose ship built on a frigate’s hull), I continue to harp on versatility. I do not at all believe in acquisitions which are solely based on threat assessment. Waiting till H-Hour has never worked for Nigeria. Our acquisitions have to go with a tinge of the intuitive.

      As we have seen in the Niger Delta and BH insurgencies, and with counterpiracy and anti-bunkering operations, that sometimes leaves one taking needless dents on account of unpreparedness at H-Hour and while waiting for remedial action(read, the time taken for platforms to be constructed).

      I would swap the 37mm main gun with a 76mm main gun, just in case we have the need for shore bombardment; mount four 12.7mm HMGs for engaging asymmetric threats; two C802 anti-ship missiles(US$1.75m) for deterrence and an $11m Harbin Z-9EC ASW helicopter.

      That is the MINIMUM which I would have as panoply on a ship of this size coming out of China.

      Careful kills nobody

  2. jimmy says:

    Amen Amen hopefully based on the Size of the Ship Nigeria will get these missile systems in tow.

  3. Max Montero says:

    Is this for the NN or Coast Guard? Looks like a Coast Guard / law enforcement ship to me.

  4. beegeagle says:

    No Max, it is not for the NN. Yes, it is actually a logistics vessel/troopship/OPV rolled into one.

    Given the size of the ship and my belief in not letting opportunities slip by, I would have a sterner panoply mounted on a ship as large as this. No two ways about that.

    Given the opportunity, I would rather buy every ship like I know that I will not get another chance to do in 20 years. That way, I would adopt a long-term view and try to imagine all threats which could possibly arise over the corresponding period and be SAFE in the knowledge that I have acquired ships with multimission capabilities which might be OPVs in the main but which are able to do bits of everything else – helic on board, a 76mm naval gun, two SSMs and an 8-cell SAM suite – lest we are left to rue what could have been as new realities emerge.
    The vessel is a Namibian Navy ship.

  5. doziex says:

    Go Namibia !!

    It’s funny how we nigerians like to mark time with mundane capabilities (e.g, the lone squadron of F-7s possessed by both the nigerian and namibian airforces), where the reasonable expectation is for us to excel.

    To whom much is given, much should be rightfully expected.

    Wake up guys, and do your nation and citizenry proud.

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