Nigerian Navy Shaldag Mk.II Fast Patrol Interceptor Craft

Nigerian Navy Shaldag Mk.II Fast Patrol Interceptor Craft

One of the OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II coastal patrol craft commissioned today in Lagos

(Photo Credit: Mer et Marine)

11 February, 2013

The Nigerian Navy today at the Apapa Naval Base of the Western Naval Command commissioned a total of five brand new units of 24 metre patrol craft into service – three French-built OCEA and two Israeli-built Shaldag patrol craft.

NTA and Channels Television news reports monitored by Beegeagle’s Blog showed that dignitaries at the event included the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of State(Defence) Mrs Olusola Obada, Chairman Senate Committee on the Navy Senator Chris Anyanwu, Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim and the Inspector General of Police, Mr MD Abubakar.

Speaking at the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Dele Jerome Ezeoba said that the vessels would be deployed to combat the menace of illegal bunkering and piracy at sea. He later took the ministers on a guided tour of one of the vessels.

Responding to a request by the naval chief for assistance in the quest to acquire more naval vessels, Mrs Okonjo-Iweala promised that the Federal Government would look into their request subject to a reduction in the incidence of oil theft.

For her part, Senator Chris Anyanwu welcomed the induction of the small ships but stressed that the acquisitions do not go far enough. She emphasized the fact that most of the consequential incidents of bunkering and piracy take place far out to sea and that for the Navy to effectively police those outer extremities of the Exclusive Economic Zone, the service require large oceangoing platforms.

The dignitaries were thereafter taken on a cruise onboard an OCEA FPB Mk.II patrol craft with the pennant number “P175”


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  1. Obix says:

    Great! FG and NN, keep ’em coming!

  2. beegeagle says:

    Won’t be long now before they also get to commission a 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft paid for by the Nigerian Ports Authority

  3. doziex says:

    Senator Chris Anyanwu as usual, the only nigerian politician talking sense on defense matters.

  4. jimmy says:

    I am not sure I follow nor understand the Minister of FINANCE especially considering where the oil bunkering is taking place and the amount of prosecutions and reduction that has taken place together with the loss of life of our gallant soldiers naval officers and members of the J.T.S.F. only last week of three Gallant SOLDIERS who were ambushed BY FRUSTRATED PIRATES who have seen the HIGH RISK / HIGH reward OF OIL BUNKERING gradually become High risk / Low reward.
    While we appreciate the VERY HIGH price Madam has paid for coming back ( FROM THE U.S.) and it is very , very difficult at this stage for me to criticize her in light of what happened to her last week ( We thank GOD she is safe) i have no option but to speak
    Madam the same type of people that wish you bad are the same type of people that wish Nigeria especially the NIGERIAN NAVY TO BE VERY WEAK. The enemies of Nigeria as they say in the U.S. CONSTITUTION both foreign and domestic if they could pick one arm of the armed forces to be weak, under equipped, underfunded and uneducated (non professional) it would be the Navy NOT THE ARMY 60 – 70 % of all world trade goes by sea FOR YEARS WE HAVE SEEN OUR NATURAL RESOURCES PLUNDERED ten years ago we could count on one hand how many ships and foreigners with their Nigerian counterparts were stealing oil and plundering our abundant FISH LIFE/ STOCKS with serious repercussions for our Eco- system, ten years later with the bare minimum given to the Navy PEOPLE OF ALL NATIONALITIES ARE BEING ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED to heavy JAIL time it is so bad the Navy is asking to speed up the prosecution process.
    Madam you personally are paying a heavy personal price for an under equipped NAVY. I KNOW THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS SPENT MORE THAN THE LAST FIVE DISGRACEFUL ADMINISTRATIONS COMBINED please we are begging you help the Nigerian Navy to acquire bigger ships that can sail further out into the Atlantic ocean they are called Off Shore Patrol Vessels (O.P.V) when we get a minimum of six of these Nigerians will see an even more dramatic drop in criminality, kidnapping ( we know),piracy (LAW ABIDING HONEST Nigerians LOSE THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY,) Illegal Fishing RESULTING IN UNEMPLOYMENT OF our Nigerian fishermen.
    MADAM they are expensive but they will save lives ,stop illegal fishing , catch people red- handed before they even realize it in the act of arms smuggling, piracy , illegal fishing , and illegal dumping of toxic waste oil bunkering , and even stop the taking of hostages on the high seas.
    On a personal level I had to be educated by a first cousin of mine THAT SCHOOLS OF BIG FIsh Tuna passes through the coast of Nigeria yearly yet these are not harvested by the people who deserve them the most – Nigerians.
    Thank you once again for your time and we are all personally grateful that MAMA is fine and that by the grace of GOD no harm came to you last week
    YOURS Sincerely

    • doziex says:

      Oga Jimmy, with all due respect, she is being pennywise and pound foolish by choosing to withhold money for desperately needed military hardware.

      I am not sure what to believe. Is the finance minister witholding funds from an impossibly corrupt MoD, or does she just not believe in military spending ?

      If corruption has crippled the MoD, then a group of foreign experts and nigerian technocrats can by pass the MoD, and deliver the budgeted items to our armed forces.

  5. jimmy says:

    i noticed the dinghy on board I guess that is for insertion/ interception.Question Beegeagle can you tel us the difference between this three24 meter French-built OCEA and the 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft paid for by the Nigerian Ports Authority besides the length.

    • beegeagle says:

      Going by the operational deployment of a similarly configured Suncraft Sea Eagle Mk.II Offshore Patrol Craft, these OCEA craft basically appear to be intended for use by SBS commandos in counterpiracy and anti-bunkering interdictions. The clearly visible loading arm for lowering boats and the embarked RHIB reinforce this belief.

      Again, the 32m FPB 98 Mk.II is essentially an enlarged and longer-ranged craft. Otherwise, they outwardly look similar..especially at the rear end.

  6. beegeagle says:

    Later today at about 2pm, I shall publish a photo of the rear ends of the OCEA craft which shows that they have 12.7mm HMGs encased in gun shields mounted AFT

  7. beegeagle says:

    Yeah Doziex, I really felt that she does not actually apprciate the value of procurement. Even on this blog, I have sometimes accused her and the CBN Governor of sacrificing our hardware procurement needs on the altar of infrastructure projects. The latter outstrips the former by as much as 20:1 if you ask me.

    Going forward, the FG only need to faithfully execute the acquisition of the six stealth OPV-corvettes in view. Contracts for a Chinese-built pair were signed last April and work is ongoing on those. They need to finish up the Pipavav deal as well. All of those are projects of the 2011 and 2012 financial years and we told you on Sunday that the MoD have a few billions of dollars in funds brought forward to spend. Thank God for that though.

    What they really should do is try and tie in a deal for two new Daewoo-built Makassar helicopter carriers (that is already encapsulated in the Navy 10-Year Strategic Acquisition Plan) @$100 million

    Then, we can swoop on a pair of used Type 53H2 frigates from China which we can get for $75m. The Chinese are amenable to our maritime security infrastructure pursuits at this time. Let us make it count. If we sign a deal for two of those, I am almost CERTAIN that they would throw in a third one for free.

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

    That way, we have eleven capital ships lined up for induction 2013-2016 and that would GREATLY ameliorate the crunch.

  8. CHYDE says:

    I saw this report on the NIGERIA ARMY page on Facebook early this morning, they were even citing you as a source of information. And I noticed a lot of information you give here is also cited on their page. Guy who you be? I suspect you are a military

    Nice work,bruv. Keep it up

  9. beegeagle says:

    THANK GOD for the fact that they have very responsibly chosen the ethical path. If writeups scripted by the “Combating Terrorism Centre of WestPoint” acknowledge content sourced from here, why not our own compatriots?

    Thanks to people like Henry and WoCoN45 who probably took up that fight on behalf of Beegeagle’s Blog. It is now left for our media, who would rather deviously enlarge or reduce someone’s photos instead of giving him his due credit, to toe that responsible line.

    No, I do not run that page and I am not a member of the Nigerian military. They just key into our feed wholesale because they possibly realise that we have our hands on the button and are emphatic on credible content. No made up stories.

    Beegeagle’s Blog..integritas.

  10. beegeagle says:

    None handy yet but we shall see photos of the OCEA patrol craft in the hours ahead.

    Anyway, methinks the NN are trying to build up a new flotilla of patrol craft and beyond that flotilla, directly reach for oceangoing ships. This coastal fleet has already exceeded what they actually planned and that is a good thing I say

    Since the Ten-Year Strategic Acquisition Plan commenced, they have taken delivery of

    – three FPB 72 Mk.II CPCs

    – four Shaldag Mk.II FPCs

    – two Sea Eagle Mk.II OPCs

    – one Andoni-class CPC

    Slated for delivery in 2013

    – one Shaldag FPC
    – one Andoni-class CPC
    – one FPB 98 Mk.II CPC

    We have netted 21 units of the 17 metre Manta ASD Littoral Interceptors since 2008 as well. So we can leave those for now and do

    – four more units of Shaldag

    – three more FPB 98 Mk.II

    and close the chapter on that category of assets, relying on the NN Dockyard to produce Andoni-class patrol craft if and when the need arises.

    I am on the same side as Senator Anyanwu. Oceangoing platforms we need. Last week, suspected Nigerian pirates struck as far to the west as Cote d’Ivoire and as far east as the Cameroon/Equato-Guinea intersection.

  11. Yagazie says:

    Senator Chris Anyanwu is ‘on the button’ when it comes to her call for the purchase of bigger ocean going platforms as most of the illegal bunkering/fishing takes place far out at sea within our EEZ. As for the comments made by the Finance Minister- Dr Okonjo-Iweala, she is an intelligent woman but maybe naive in millitary affairs. It is for the Defence HQ and the CNS to enlighten her and make the ‘economic case’ for releasing funds to purchase the naval platforms/assets necessary for effectively patroling/policing our EEZ.

  12. anas says:

    Okonjo iweala wuld nt want to see nigeria acquire modern platforms 4 its military she’s an agent of those countries that don’t want to see our progress nigerians shuld nt trust that woman

  13. beegeagle says:

    She comes across as having a low appreciation of defence matters generally and is merely interested insofar as there is going to be money accruing from a security operation.

    I say this based on her utterances as it concerns the the Nigeria Customs Service which operate under her Finance Ministry.

    It is commendable what she has done with the Customs Service where 55 of their 60 patrol boats had been put back to sea as of last year while an order for two 24 metre patrol craft was placed. They also got 5,000 new AK47 rifles, 400 Toyota 4WD patrol vans, two helicopters and a Cessna Citation surveillance plane in 2012.

    BUT the NCS template does not necessarily apply wholesale to the Navy who operate in much more turbulent precincts where those patrol boats and craft dare not approach lest they end up at the bottom of the sea.

    She needs to be made to realise these things. I really appreciate Senator Chris Anyanwu in a Nigeria where most of our female compatriots appear to imagine that security is all about wielding a rifle and having a patrol vehicle.

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