NNS Makurdi P167

NNS Makurdi P167


2 Paxman Ventura 12CM diesels, 2 shafts (3,400 hp (m) (2.5MW)

Speed 12 Knots (20.5 knots max)

Length 107 ft

Beam 20 ft

Draft 6.9 ft

Displacement : 115 tons (143 tons full)

Complement 21 (4 officers)


x 4 (2 twin) Emerlec 30mm AA/surface

Radar TM-1229A (I) 28NM surface search (range, bearing)

IR decoy launchers

Gentlemen, find above the venerable NNS Makurdi P167 which continues to soldier on 39 years after she was commissioned on August 14th, 1974. At the time, no Nigerian Navy officer in service today had enlisted or been commissioned into the service. Indeed, our long-serving Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim enlisted in December 1974 after the NNS Makurdi had been commissioned !

Here is the story. The Nigerian Navy placed orders for a total of four German-built 31 metre Abeking and Rasmussen “Argungu class” ships in pairs way back in 1973 and 1975. In 1973, NNS Argungu P165 and NNS Yola were thus commissioned while NNS Brass P169 and NNS Epe P170 were commissioned in 1976.

In like manner and directly related to the subject-matter of this thread, the Nigerian Navy also turned to the Brooke Marine Shipyards of Britain for a total of four River Town “Makurdi Class” ships. These British-built ships were also acquired in pairs way back in 1974 and 1976. So NNS Makurdi P167 (pictured above) and NNS Hadejia P168 were commissioned on August 14th, 1974 while NNS Jebba P171 and NNS Oguta P172 were commissioned on April 27th, 1977.

That total haul of eight German and British 31-32 metre patrol craft, some of which are in storage while others are sailing, represent the oldest crop of vessels in the Nigerian Navy inventory. When NNS Thunder F90 was commissioned in January, one of the said German-built 31 metre patrol craft namely, NNS Yola P166, served as escort vessel to the NNS Thunder.

Gentlemen, find above a slice of naval history – the NNS Makurdi P167.


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  1. beegeagle says:

    It might interest you to know that sister ships of the NNS Makurdi P167 (pictured above) were similarly acquired years earlier by the Pakistan Navy and at about the same epoch as the Nigerian haul, by the Kenya Navy – the Madaraka class 32.6 metre missile craft which got fitted with quad-cell Israeli-made Gabriel surface to surface missiles. Bar the KNS Mamba, the rest of that four-ship ‘Madaraka class’ of the Kenya Navy, sister ships of the NNS Makurdi, have since been retired.

  2. ifiok umoeka says:

    Just a little while and the grand ladies will soon be retired. That the navy could manage to maintain these ladies is a testament of Nigerian ingenuity.
    On another note, I hope that some of these old vessels could be restored and transferred to MAN Oron as training vessels.

  3. beegeagle says:

    @Oga Eyimola. Don’t be o, my commander :). NNS Yola P166 is one year older and is still afloat. Good to know.

    @ Oga Ifiok. I like the idea of passing on decommissioned ships to the Maritime Academy at Oron.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Moving on, the Royal Australian Navy decommissioned a flotilla of fifteen units of 41 metre 220 ton Freemantle coastal patrol craft.

    Propulsion: 2 MTU series 538 die engines(2,400 kW), 2 propellers

    Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h 35 mph)

    5,000 nautical mile (9,300 km; 5,800 mi)

    Complement: 22

    – One general purpose 40/60 mm Bofors
    – Two 12.7 mm machine guns
    – One 81 mm mortar

    Personally, one is more interested in the eight units which were constructed in 1983 and 1984. They boast an astonishing range of 9,300km which has to be the best that any ship that size can manage. You know what that does for our capacity to maintain a constant presence at sea in the intermediate 0-50km radius of our shores, working alongside the Sea Eagle OPCs.

    I BELIEVE that for as little as US$15-20 million, we can acquire and refurbish six units of the Freemantle class and put them to work for a decade by which time they would have justified the investment. They would give us a constant presence at sea and each one of them can EITHER be spread out to serve as leadship in each of the six coastal FOBs, so that OPVs (and hopefully incoming corvettes and frigates) can be launched from the major naval bases at Lagos, Warri, Port Harcourt, Ikot Abasi and Calabar OR the suggested Freemantle ships should be deployed as deemed fit by the FOCs.

    Again, upriver naval stations should be consolidated at Lokoja, Makurdi and Atani while construction on the Oguta station should commence.

  5. Yagazie says:

    General Beegz, I agree with your views that we should look at purchasing/refurbishing the retired Freemantle Coastal Patrol Craft- but would go one step further – purchase all eight units built between 1983/1984, refurbish 6 and use 2 for spares (as these boats are no longer in production).

    These boats can patrol well beyond the 0-50KM radius and can stay out at sea continously for up to 14 days at a stretch- and would thus assist in our Navy’s quest to maintain a continous at sea detterence.

    My only concern is that Australia has a habit of transferring excess defence equipment to countries in it’s neighbourhood /sphere of influence – like Indonesia (to which it recently tranferred a number of Hercules C-130 transport aircraft – free of charge) and Paupa New Guinea. But I guess if we don’t ask we don’t get.

  6. beegeagle says:

    Same page, Mighty Yagz.

    90% of corvettes and frigates won’t deliver so much mileage on a full tank. The Freemantle is compelling for our purpose at this time. Imagine how cheaply we can fill the tank of each ship that size and then, it can undertake FIVE Lagos-Calabar-Lagos voyages on one full tank!

    In effect and operating from each FOB within the 200-300km AOR of each fleet command, that would actually ensure that a Freemantle patrol craft only needs to refuel TWICE and at most three times in one year. We really must not allow these ships to escape our grasp for real.

    Yes, your idea of grabbing eight units and leaving two to be cannibalised for spares makes so much sense. Thanks for the heads up.

    We cannot afford to go slack on this attempted grab. I recall that in 2010, Egypt swept seven of the twelve decommissioned 37 metre Hauk/Super Hauk class patrol craft from Norway. The Hauk/Super Hauk were commissioned 1977-1980 while the Freemantle were commissioned 1979-1984) but whereas endurance of the Hauk/Super Hauk 37 meter missile craft is about 710km, that of the Freemantle is 9,300km. Spot the difference, gentlemen 🙂

    So I say, if Egypt in 2010-2011 invested on seven decommisioned units of 37 metre Super Hauk missile craft which which were built 1977-1980 and which only boast a range of 710km, there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong in Nigeria seeking out 6+2 units (for spares) of newer and larger 41 metre Freemantle class, built in 1983-84 and boasting a crossing range of 9,300km. As a matter of fact, we would come away having made the smarter investment.

    Let us pounce on these through Direct Intervention Funding by the NNPC, move them down here so that West Atlantic Shipyards, Nigerdock and the Naval Dockyard, working in sync with our partners TP Marine, can get these ships all sailing before Navy Week 2014.

    As for habits, Mighty Yagz, we can help them break the mould. We only need to ask.”Na pikin wey stretch hand dem dey kari”

  7. Yagazie says:

    Spot on General Beegz!!
    Dear Ministry of Defence officials and Brass hats at the Nigerian Navy ‘ship house’ Headquaters – ARE YOU READING THIS??? ..and while we’re at it – please don’t forget the 2 recently decommissioned German Frigates – we need them too.

    • Max Montero says:

      Hope they hear you guys, time is running and best to act early before they’re gone. I’ve read somewhere that they plan to scrap some of the Type 122s, although not sure if it includes those already decommissioned.

      Max (maxdefense.blogspot.com)

  8. beegeagle says:

    You are in order, my man.

    Ref the Type 122 frigates made by Blohm+Voss of Germany (manufacturers of NNS Aradu), that should be financed directly by the FG through its share of the Excess Crude Account while the core plank of supplementary budgeting for the NN this year should lead to the total overhaul of NNS Aradu. That way, we would have three well-armed frigates.

    Come 2014, let us keep it simple. Place a US$70 million order for three upgunned units (a 76mm gun and a pair of 30mm cannons) of Damen 8313s and three Knud Rasmussen torpedo-armed OPVs for US$150 million.

    Let us do something snappy. No amount of whining about maritime domain insecurity can be resolved by anything short of saturating the EEZ with coastal and oceangoing platforms.

    All of the foregoing can be executed for $400 million, through supplementary budgeting, direct intervention funding and mainline budgeting in 2013 and 2014. It would yield three frigates, six long-range 41 metre patrol ships and six 1,500+ ton OPVs, taking care of combat and law enforcement requirements in one fell swoop.

    There IS a way out. It only requires that we display the courage and the demonstrate the will to spend money on a very good cause – securing the goose that lays our golden eggs. That is all as far as I see it.

  9. Yagazie says:

    Warships (International Fleet Review) Magazine for May 2013 has an article on the state of the Nigerian Navy with particular reference to the upsurge of Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

    A well balanced article which highlights the woeful short comings of our Navy as far as large ocean going platforms are concerned – which are needed to check the activities of pirates far out at sea within our EEZ.

    The Article however recognised the fact that under the present administration efforts were being made to re-equip the navy it mentioned the order placed for the two chinese stealth OPVs and the fact that a huge of smaller Coastal Patrol Craft had been purchased which now enable our Navy to effectively patrol of our coastal waterways and creeks.

    Genereal Beegz – any information on confirmed Naval Acquisitions for the year 2013?

  10. beegeagle says:

    Not at all, Mighty Yagz. But we have our eyes on the ball and as soon as gist gets to hand, we shall revert to this community.

  11. Tope says:

    Oga Yagz Spot on! I believe the Maritime Academy could become a strategic asset for the Military and Public with enhanced R and D we could design new Propulsion system for our ships as we take on more higher ranges from the 50m+ range…….Honestly the FG should do more,

    @beeg has talked on the German Frigates for quite sometime now and now the Australians lets see how “serious” our friends who want to invest in us are, say we use Trade balances n offer FREE Tax holidays for 10yrs in Exchange for Payment of the Ships it would stimulate them, i mean they offer Decommissioned Ships free to neighbours and we are supposed to have Bilateral Commissions?

    Lets keep Pushing and Praying! Meanwhile i hope after the OPV Conference we can hear Happy news? Anyword on how one can be a Delegate @Beeg?

  12. beegeagle says:

    I have not yet been contacted, Tope. If and when that happens, I shall leave a message for you off this board.

  13. beegeagle says:

    By the way, NNS Makurdi was refurbished and put back to sea by a local firm in Lagos, A and C Engineering and Marine Services.


  14. beegeagle says:

    @Eyimola. Meanwhile, I saw a partial display of your investigative ICT touch the other night.

    Expect to see my email at the old forum where Freeegulf, RussellInfinity, Ocelot2006, you and I migrated from.

  15. ifiok umoeka says:

    Yags and Beegs, you are the mark. While we continue our new asset procurement, we should look at the immediate and these tokumbos can fill the gap and so right now. However, we need to increase capacity in the area of maintenance. While we look at navy dockyard and boatyard as well as private yards, like Tope has said we need to also built capacity in the areas of naval archi, system design and marine engineering. This can be done by turning the spotlight on MAN oron. we need to not only train sailors but shipbuilders and like I said in another tread, the Navy should follow the Airforce’s lead and partner with universities

  16. beegeagle says:

    MIGHTY YAGZ, we have some news for us.

    The NN Invitation to Tender released 10 June 2013 suggests that more of the sister ships of the NNS Makurdi P167, NNS Aradu and several other platforms are on the cusp of getting a new lease of life. We warmly welcome that and call for the issue of acquiring decommissioned Blohm+Voss Type 122 frigates from Germant and Freemantle long-range patrol craft from Australia to be looked into.


    Invitation to Tender for NN 2013 Capital Projects

    Lot 1. Supply of Fast Moving Spares for
    Cat class and Auxiliary Ships.

    Lot 2. Supply of Fast Moving Spares for
    Frigate. Offshore Patrol Vessels and Fast
    Patrol boats.

    Lot 3. Supply of Fast Moving Spares for
    River Town Class Boats and Inshore
    Patrol Craft

    Lot 4. Supply of Depot Spares for NN
    Helicopters at technical Store Depot

    Lot 5. Supply of Depot Spares for NN
    Helicopters at Lagos Logistics Depot.

    • Max Montero says:

      Good news on the Aradu’s repair works, I believe its worth the money to spend to keep her running and be the NN fleet’s pride. General Beeg, any news if the NN will be replacing the Otomats and Aspides? Isnt it time for such as it reached 30 years already?

      Max (maxdefense.blogspot.sg)

  17. Max Montero says:

    Beeg my friend, its still comparatively young than the Philippine Navy’s ships…we still have vintage 1940s ship in service. A Cannon class destroyer escort, 2 Auk class minesweeper frigates, and 6 Patrol Craft Escorts (PCE) and several auxiliary and landing ships. At least 3 active PCEs were commissioned in the Philippine Naval Patrol (post war navy) in July 1948 or 65 years ago! Hahaha!

    Max (maxdefense.blogspot.sg)

  18. ifiok umoeka says:

    Max, how do u run them, I’m sure no one makes the spare parts for them and they certainly would be steam powered! Congrates on the BRP Ramon Alcaraz though.

    • Max Montero says:

      Ifiok Umoeka my friend, yes they still run and even goes with Arleigh Burke class destroyers during joint naval exercises with the US Navy! Nope, they’re not steam powered, they’re all diesel. Their original diesels were already replaced, some several times, and other parts are replaced with newer ones. The rest, well the PN just have to use ingenuity once in a while as well, hahaha! With new ships coming in, there is still no plan to replace them all, instead these new ships are replacing those decommissioned before due to old age.


  19. ifiok umoeka says:

    Waoo! Here we say, necessity is the mother of all invention. I think you guys may have taken that. Saying to the next level and your navy deserve medals for such fits and of course new vessels. Hahaha. Cheers

  20. ifiok umoeka says:

    Gen Max, how do u compare our mm90e to ur MPAC? Also, how much does ur MPAC cost per craft?

    • Max Montero says:

      The PN MPACs are similar in capability to the Swedish CB90, unlike the MM90E which is not similar to the MPAC. The PN has 2 versions, simply called Mk.1 and Mk.2. The Mk.1 is a Philippine-design but made in Taiwan, while the Mk.2 made some improvements on the Mk.1 and was Philippine-made. Another batch of 3 MPACs are to be procured soon, ultimately the plan calls for 42 units. The budget for 3 MPAC Mk.2 was around US$6.4M, although the winner was able to lessen the cost further to win the bid. If you’re willing to know more, you may visit this forum:


      they did have a very hefty discussion on the boats with some inside data. I believe some inputs from Nigerians would be healthy on both sides.

  21. beegeagle says:

    You are right, Max. In terms of size and capability, I believe that its performance exceeds that of the MM90E.

    What I think is that it actually approaches the capability of 17metre Manta ASD Mk.II Littoral Interceptor with its armoured hull,thrust vectoring and arrow system design. Physically, it looks VERY MUCH like the 13 metre Armacraft CROQ 1270 of the NN as well.


    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)

    With an operating range of 550 nautical miles, the Armacraft vessels boast top speeds of 45 knots. The 7.4 ton boats have two-man crews and can carry ten combat troops.


    Mk2 MPAC

    PHOTO CREDIT; Max Montero, our resident Filipino cybergeneral

    Nice design, Admiral Max. Looks user-friendly and built for crew comfort. Look at that dainty staircase 🙂

    So do you guys still have any 15m PBR/PCF-series river gunboats such as were made popular during the Vietnam War? I heard that Filipinos loved the vessels to no end and produced replicas of them locally

    As for the MPACs, why not a Browning M2 additionally? GPMGs only not cool enough for a warboat that size.

  22. Max Montero says:

    Hi Beeg, the photos you posted on PN MPAC’s are actually the Mk.2. The obvious difference is that ladder, which the Mk.1 does not have. And yes, the larger PCF (Swift) are still in PN and PCG (coast guard) service. Not many left though as they are getting old as well. The PBRs are gone, out of the dozens the PN had before.

    How many Armacraft CROQ 1270 does the NN have? Actually it looks more similar to our Mk.1 MPAC.

    • ifiok umoeka says:

      @ Beegs, what is the amour standard of the manta/amarcraft combo?
      @ Max can say hellfire class antitank missiles be added to the MPAC mk II? I recall that the was a demo of such with the Swedish CB90.

      • Max Montero says:

        Yes, it can be fitted to fire light missiles, but will need some modifications and additional fittings. Specifically mentioned was the SPIKE missile, which is getting interest within the Philippine military. Still confirming if the defense department/armed forces delegation sent there early to Israeli early this week to check on Israeli artillery, MLRS, air defense missile systems, radar, naval systems, etc. will also check on the Spike missile.


  23. beegeagle says:

    Dunno about the armouring specs of the pair of Armacraft CROQ. Neither the thirteen units of 18metre Aresa CPV 18 Fighter armoured patrol boats.

    For the MANTA, 21 units and counting, that would be

    “capable of withstanding threat levels up to NIJ STD 0-108.01 Level III (multi-strike 7.62 x 51 M80 ammunition)”

  24. ifiok umoeka says:

    I remember hearing(unsubstantiated) about how ND militants use an RPG on a navy boat in the heat of the conflict c2007/2008 as we as ambush with heavy machine guns. I know that up amouring the boats will -tvly affect performance but how about hard/soft kill defense systems with a little add-on amour with up-rated engines? Maybe getting a slightly bigger boat will allow for a more stable platform!

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