GERMAN F122 FRIGATES(BREMEN CLASS)
Built by Blohm+Voss, makers of Nigeria’s MEKO 360 frigate, NNS Aradu F89, two of the eight-ship class have now been decommissioned (Koln and Rheinland-Pfaiz). The Aradu is probably 1.5 times more powerful but these ships, used to perfection in consonance with German precision, pack a major punch and feature a complete suite of naval artillery, CIWS, SAMs, AShMs and torpedoes, not to mention a flight deck.
CHINESE TYPE 53 FRIGATES
HTMS Naresuan, a Chinese-built Type 53H2 frigate of the Royal Thai Navy seen here in Hong Kong.
The Chinese PLA Navy which categorically expressed their readiness to assist the Nigerian Navy with her fleet modernisation and expansion efforts in August 2012, are decommissioning a total of 53 units of Type 53H1/H2 variants of well-armed frigates. These can be acquired at bargain prices. Bangladesh and Burma have already cashed in on the boon to secure two units each of these frigates. What are Nigeria waiting for? The oceangoing fleet has not been depleted enough as things stand? The Chinese are themselves converting some of these ships to OPVs and transferring them to Coast Guard service as the PLA Navy take delivery of ultramodern Type 056 corvettes, Type 054 frigates and Type 052 destroyers.
Nigeria’s MoD need to put in their expressions of interest each way and keep handy the funds with which to pounce on these very sensible offers. There are countries such as Turkey, The Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh which are permanently on the lookout for and are vastly experienced in the art of poaching such attractive bargain acquisitions.