Patrol craft and Manta ASD Mk II interceptors

Rear view shot of NNS Ayam P182, an Armacraft CROQ 1270(extreme left),an array of large patrol craft(in the distance) and a pair of Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral interceptors

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  1. Henry says:

    Oga spirit, thanks for the photos man

  2. makanaky says:

    Nigeria Navy slowly but surely climbing the ladder of success! KUDOS and thanks Mr SPIRIT.

  3. Cryptologist says:

    Great shots SPIRIT. I do hope preparations are in top gear to grab an attack submarine. I remember coming across an article Gen. Beeg stated that we got some sailors in either india or pakistan undergoing some training in tech maintainance of subs. Do hope the naval HQ is thinking of setting up an office of undersea warfare and a national underwater reconnaissance office. Have we got sound surveillance systems (SOSU) in our waters? Wana see something like the Russian Petropavlovsk sub base in Nigeria

    • tim says:

      It is in pakistan….and it was adekeye that made the statement…….Ionce saw a manpower rationalization booklet, containing position and appointment of every position. In the navy, down to even an oderly or sentry… And on each page was typed confidential…. It was my old boy’s own…..and I remember seeing an entry for a submarine……. It was a TYPE xxxx, can’t remember the number…..and there was manpower for this sub, I know it was more than 4 and less than 10…….. This was the rationalization of late 80’s to probably 1990…. I still wished I could find it.

    • asorockweb says:

      I don’t see our financial administrators releasing money for a sub.
      The people that hold the purse strings will only pay for “as needed” equipment.

  4. jimmy says:

    oga spirit
    Way to respond to the pressure from your fellow bloggers

  5. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga spirit, u’r d bomb. Thanks. I hope say this our secretive military no go charge you for espionage. Lol

  6. triqqah says:

    What are those rearward facing objects on NNS Siri in the second picture? Anti-air weaponrys or what?

  7. beegeagle says:

    Most probably twin 30mm Emerlec cannons which can engage small surface targets and also engage enemy aircraft.

  8. Spirit says:

    My Ogas,

    Before I could snap this few shots, na war. Initially, some overzealous ratings were aginst it. but when I got onboard the Shaldag, the officers there were very courteous and permited me (and other civilians) to snap a shots but not the ‘MAIN’ sections. Our military is just opening up, I believe we will get there one day.

    I would have loved to snap the Ground mines, Mobile mine, Depth charge, Torpedo and rocket. I also would have loved to show the NNSBS at their exhibition tent (with SCUBAs, flippers, TAVs etc) . The operators did not forbid me from snapping pics, it was the ‘smiles’ on their faces that said so! Very mean looking guys!

    How I wish Beeg or Henry had gone instead, I am sure they would have brought enough pics to last us for a month!

    The espirit-de-corp was tangible.

    Oga mi ifiok, I dey fear so too. But I know say you, tim, jimmy, Henry, Makanaky, cryptologist, triqqah and Beegeagle go come bail me and explain to them say na patriotismdey worry me and na im make me do am. Seriously, I believe our military has gone beyond that level. If not that i took these pics, I believe they can be gotten from the internet.

    Let the doubting Thomases that think the NN does not have anything apart from Shaldags go and eat these!

    For me, its the Nigerian Nav. Anytime, anyday.

    • jimmy says:

      LOL don’t worry if anything had happened to you my BABY BROTHER who is a lawyer would definitely of bailed you out no problem.
      I am glad that the NNS SIRI one of the Shagari era warships is back in action . Let me say this History may be a little bit kinder to Shagari not to revise HISTORY a lot of bad things did happen during his regime no white wash hold the emails however.Considering he was overthrown in 1982-1983 and we are still talking about some of the procurements of his administration is mind boggling that’s all.

  9. beegeagle says:

    NN are beyond that, Spirit. They probably knew that the public are bound to shoot photos at what, for them, was another touristic opportunity.

    The rating Abdullahi was staring at the camera. That is why I doubt that they meant to enforce a ‘no clicks’ order rigidly. Otherwise, I do not think it was beyond him to have raised alarm or seized the BB?

  10. beegeagle says:

    NNS Siri and NNS Ekun are afloat. i am aware that NNS Siri was put back to sea with maintenance help from the Swiss-Nigerian Continental Shipyards in Lagos.

    NNS SIRI, NNS AYAM and NNS EKUN are French-made Combattante IIIB 58 metre vessels.

    NNS Siri P181, a 58 metre Combattante III missile Fast Attack Craft on patrol

    NNS Siri P181, a 58 metre Combattante III missile Fast Attack Craft on patrol

    Displacement: 430 ton (max)
    Max speed: 41kts
    Range: 2000NM @ 15kts
    Complement: 42

    WEAPONS – Guns

    1 OTO-Melara 76mm
    Twin Breda 40mm
    2 twin Emerlec 30mm AA+surface

  11. beegeagle says:

    Do we realise, gentlemen, that each one of the six 57-58 metre Lurssen and Combattante III missile ships – NNS Siri, NNS Ayam, NNS Ekpe, NNS Damisa, NNS Agu and NNS Ekpe, on rotational tours of duty all saw action during the Liberian and Sierra Leonean Civil Wars under the auspices of the ECOMOG Naval Task Force between 1990 and 2000.

    Actions typically undertaken included shore bombardment by naval artillery, enforcement of naval blockades, the evacuation of civilians and ancillary movement of troops into the battle areas.

    Some of the more recognisable officers who commanded one of these ships during the ECOMOG years was the outgone CNS, Vice Admiral Adekeye.

    The larger Mk.3 and Mk.9 corvettes were also in action. Not to forget the 1,300 ton Landing Ships(Tank) which consistently moved men, vehicles and armour into the theatre.

  12. phil says:

    Beeg! Do you confirm Armacraft Croq 1270? The outline looks like it but the photograph is not clear. Is this in use now?

  13. beegeagle says:

    Absolutely confirmed, Phil. Did not even think twice about it.

    13-metre ARMACRAFT CROQ 1270 patrol vessels, donated to the Nigerian Navy(May 3,2012)

    13-metre ARMACRAFT CROQ 1270 patrol vessels, donated to the Nigerian Navy(May 3,2012)

    Seamen atop a CROQ 1270 vessel.The blue .50 calibre gun-armed boats(rear)belong to the Marine Police

    Seamen atop a CROQ 1270 vessel.The blue .50 calibre gun-armed boats(rear)belong to the Marine Police



  14. (@lordfej) says:

    dont worry self uk trained lawyers plenty for ere we go fight your case

  15. ifiok umoeka says:

    Who fit catch spirit! Even babalawo no fit. Ha ha. The entire blog go move go navy hq till them release you or you disappear comot from there. Ha ha. Those croqs are tough boats, but what about their amour? As for our fac(m), do the still have missiles on them? Maybe their role is now patrol!

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