Model of a warship in view

Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, Chief of the Naval Staff (left) and a high official of the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Limited conclude ‘strategic plans’ to move the Nigerian Navy forward


Good news for us, Nigerians

Snippets reaching me backstage suggest that owing to the abysmally poor implementation of FG budgets in general and of MoD projects in particular(sometimes as low as 30%) during the course of these past few years, we have a few billions of dollars in unspent funds brought forward and available to be spent on acquisitions. There is said to be a flurry of activities ongoing at the services HQs with expats coming and going everyday. A LOT of our much-favoured CTCOIN operational gear is in the loop.

Additionally, the Nigerian Navy have just signed an MoU with the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company. The specifics of the deal are still under wraps but it involves the acquisition/construction of major platforms in the Offshore Patrol Vessel/light frigate category.

Finally and through an unexpected means, someone who appears to be a trade competitor of the Pipavav Shipyard in India and who sent in a comment from Gao, also in India, all but confirmed the existence of a developing contract between the Nigerian Navy/FG and PIPAVAV.

It was not as if one had any doubts about that though, having carried out two levels of checks with people in the know in the USA and in A-List global defense media, while Defenceweb also alluded to the fact that Nigeria are almost certainly the customers in a US$420+ million deal for a total of four Pipavav warships, two ships first with an option on a further two units.

Anyway, here is what was sent to me from Gao in India last Friday


“Pipavav is taking Indian Navy & now Nigerian Navy & Government of Nigeria for ride. This picture is from Goa Shipyard Naval OPV which has been delivered.

Better be careful of this Pipavav Shipyard. Pipavav is yet to start work on any Naval ship.”

end of quote

Be that as it may, we have commenced the hunt for many more details pertaining to these matters at home and abroad, taking advantage of the enormous fund of goodwill which we are able to tap into.

We might need to remind the powers that be as follows

– eighteen sparingly used Su-30K jets are available to be snapped up in the Russo-Belarussian orbit. The entire haul as is can be grabbed for US$180m. For an additional outlay of US$5m apiece, they can be upgraded to contemporary standards. It is an unbeatable deal really and one which the NAF can greatly
benefit from.

– the NAF can snap up, with upgrades to boot, eight surplus units of Mi-17V5 transport helicopters and nine surplus units of Mi-24V attack helicopters for a total of US$85 million.

– approach the Chinese for the sale of two surplus Type 53H2 frigates for the force multiplier effect and to strengthen our presence at sea while new oceangoing platforms are being constructed.



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BEEG EAGLE -perspectives of an opinionated Nigerian male with a keen interest in Geopolitics, Defence and Strategic Studies


  1. beegeagle says:

    HTMS Naresuan, a Chinese-built Type 53H2 frigate of the Royal Thai Navy seen here in Hong Kong

    The Burmese Type 53s are 2,000 ton ships armed with four anti-ship missiles, two 100mm guns, and lots of depth charges. Bangladesh are getting two Type 53H2 frigates were built in the early 1990s and carry eight anti-ship missiles. A total of fifty three of the older Type 53H1(1980s vintage) and Type 53H2 frigates. The design was inspired by the Soviet Riga class frigates, which China developed from the original 1,400 ton design to a missile-carrying 2,000-2,500 ton warship equipped with modern

    The Thai Navy are right now upgrading the fire controls of the Type 53H2 frigates with help from SAAB. Egypt also operate the 1980s vintage Type 53H1 frigates.

    The latest export-only variant of the Type 53 frigate is the Type 53H3 variant, better known as the F22. Pakistan were the first customers for those well-armed ships, closing a US$750 million deal for four units and four embarked Harbin Z-9EC ASW helicopters. All of those delivered, the Pakistanis are reaching out for an additional four F22 frigates.

    Bangladesh have one brand-new F22P frigate on order to complement the used 1990s vintage Type 53H2 frigates acquired at bargain prices from China which feature 100mm guns, depth charges, a flight deck and eight AShMs. Burma for her part got the earlier 1980s which carry 100mm guns, depth charges and four AShMs.

    The point to note is that the C802 and C803 SSMs on board are noted for being near-inescapable with a kill ratio in excess of 97% and an imperious range of 200-280km.

    We need to stop obsessing over anyone’s goods. If the Egyptians, Thais and Pakistanis with all their exposure to western-manufactured ships find them to be worthy of induction, we should toe the line even of for the force multiplier effect.

    It should be noted that after the Type 53H2 frigates were acquired, the Thais still took on a pair of Chinese-built 1,440 ton missile OPVs complete with flight decks. Those have already seen action offshore Somalia with the international anti-piracy task force.

    The Chinese themselves have deployed Type 054 frigates and Type 052 destroyers for that mission. The ships went to Somalia and returned to China successfully. Their OPVs and embarked Harbin Z-9EC helios are right now patrolling the disputed Diaoyu Islands on the frontier with Japan while reconfigured ex-PLAN Navy Type 53 frigates(now Coast Guard ships) and new Type 056 corvette-OPVs are patrolling the disputed South China sea.

    Pakistan, having first inducted Type 53H1 frigates, have come back for more – this time, F22 frigates.

    The reason why navies go empty-handed is that they obsess over what are sometimes overhyped goods which are needlessly overpriced.

    The Indians are also on the cusp of decommissioning some 1990s era Sukanya OPVs – one of which is Sri Lanka’s flagship and which undertook deep sea interdictions and sinkings of Sea Tiger supply ships, sometimes as far out to sea as 1,700km.

    The NN say they need twenty OPVs to be good to go. Not to mention light frigates and LPDs. If we can grab a pair of used Type 53H2 frigates, USCGC Jarvis and two Sukanya OPVs by 2015, to add to a haul of fifteen new OPVs, LPDs and light frigates by 2019 when the Navy’s 10-year Strategic Acquisition Plan is slated to wind down, not to mention the subs,that would be GREAT.

    • jimmy says:

      We just need to make sure that we get the first of the two opv on board. There will be a lot of pressure from outside sources who are going to constantly deride this deal till it ( the firat two ships ) get here it is good that ADM Dele Ezeoba IS VERY HANDS ON ABOUT THIS DEAL .It shows the importance the Navy attaches to this deal. Look for a lot of Naysayers who lost out on this deal especially in the west to constantly deride this deal.

  2. jimmy says:

    i meant the first two ships of this deal

  3. johnbest1 says:

    Sorry oga beeg to disturb you oh,but i dont understand this article at all,is it that nigerian navy is signing a deal for two more warships in addition to the four already signed or this is the same deal??

  4. beegeagle says:

    Unable to tell you that for now. Just note..

    – CSOIL of China signed an MoU with the NN relating to shipbuilding during the course of these past two weeks. I just got some ‘perspective’ backstage though.

    “There was a caption on ThisDay newspaper about 2 months ago regarding a stop gap acquisition pending the arrival of the new OPVs from China. This could be the stop gap deal.”

    If correct, ‘STOP GAP’ refers to decommissioned ships. The Chinese made an offer to help modernise the NN last August and categorically spoke about ships. At this time, a lot of Type 53H2 frigates are being decommissioned from the PLA Navy and transferred to Coast Guard service, some after being reconfigured while Type 056 corvette-OPVs are also being inducted to serve alongside these Type 53H2 frigates.

    That same pairing of new Type 056 corvette-OPV and used Type 53H2 frigate could be on the cards for Nigeria and it is looking very, very likely. With the dearth of platforms and the USA having given a 3,250 ton ship to support the NN, I am sure that the Chinese who are said to be decommissioning a fleet of over 50 Type 53H1/H2 frigates, would similarly offer at least one to the NN for free and possibly sell another.

    Routes to the attainment of ends. You can also be sure that a Type 53H2 frigate would be sold COMPLETE..SSMS and CIWS intact. So it is a great package which would serve the NN well until 2025. I suggest they go for those without further delay. We have complained too much and need to take concrete steps

    – yes, Nigeria are that ‘unnamed West African country” in the hunt for Pipavav OPVs and that could yield four 2,000 ton vessels when it comes full circle.

    – MoD have billions of dollars in funds brought forward from incompletely implemented budgets of recent years.

  5. Yagazie says:

    The first picture- the warship looks very much like the new chinese aircraft carrier which has begun shake down/sea-trials prior to being inducted into the chinese navy.

    If the Chinese can supply us with frigates/opvs for use as a stop-gap measure pending the arrival of the new build ships, then we should grab the opportunity with both hands.

    I also tire for dis our govt. Unspent billions of defence funds when our C-130s are yet to be repaired, NNS Aradu is yet to be mordenised, our Lnyx helos are yet to be replaced, and SU-27s are begging to be purchased. Na wa o!

  6. Number one says:

    Newspapers carried a report years back of Goa establishing a shipyard in Nigeria,how’s that going.

  7. doziex says:

    yeah Beeg, I think the SU-30K ex indian jets are history. We missed that boat.

    Unless something changed of recent, the vietnamese were in serious talks to get those jets. to add to their existing fleet of SU-27s

  8. doziex says:

    However, the russians have a large fleet of su-27s/30s they are trying to either mordernize and keep or sell.

  9. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, it is looking like a foregone conclusion that the JF17 Thunder is in our loop. People are whispering to me off this board.

    Henry it was who first said that they are a done deal. Now, these snippets which I hear.

    One can only tell them at MoD, since we do not have in-flight tankers, that we need a handful of Su-27s for long-range mission. If they need 24 units of JF17s, they should cut down to 18 units and use the US$150m to get 12 used Su-27s from Russia. That would give us a mix of 30 jets and a credible capacity to strike far away from home.

    • jimmy says:

      well if that is the case one can only hope
      1) We do not overpay for them
      2) Again that someone is finally at least listening to us because of those FN-7 will be relegated to you know where
      3) That this is a stop gap measure before someone has the guts to buy a better long distance dual bomber aircraft plane.
      4) ( DISGUSTED SIGH) at least it is better than the FN-7
      5) Hopefully they will be delivered on time whenever the contracts are signed.

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