NNS Andoni P100, crafted with pride in the Federal Republic of Nigeria

NNS Andoni P100, a 31 metre patrol ship crafted with pride in the Federal Republic of Nigeria

29 June, 2013

A Spanish Navy Ship, MV RAYO, is scheduled to visit the Western Naval
Command of the Nigerian Navy from June 30 to July 3.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Command’s Information Officer,Lt.-Cdr. Jerry Omodara, and made
available to journalists on Friday in Lagos. According to the statement, the ship will be received on arrival at midstream by Nigeria Navy Ship NNS ANDONI, and she will escort her to berth at the Naval Base Apapa– NNS Beecroft.

The statement said that while in Nigeria,the ship company would conduct training onboard with personnel of the Nigerian Navy, on damage control.“Other activities include courtesy calls by
the Commanding Officer of the Ship to
the Oba of Lagos, the Flag Officers
Commanding Western Naval Command
and Naval Training Command,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the Navy spokesman as saying in the statement.

The statement said the Spanish and
Nigerian Navies would also have a joint
press briefing and sporting activities.

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  1. ifiok umoeka says:

    The 2nd ship of the meteoro class, oct 2011, length 93.9m, beam 14.2 dept to flight dept7.2, draught4.4, full displacement 2575t, max speed 20.5kn, range @ 15kn 8000nm. Crew 35 with accommodation for additional 35, 76/62mm x 1, 25mm x 2, 12.7mm x 2, NH 90 x 1. $160m per piece.

  2. beegeagle says:

    Thanks, mate.

    It is clear that some of these foreign partners are also showcasing OPVs for the NN to see.

    When the Brazilians came around last August, they brought one new-type OPV. Last year, the French passed through with a L’Adroit OPV and later the Spaniards came with a BAM Maritime Action Ship.

    “As Naija dey look ship, mek we sef dey try follow buy o”

  3. ifiok umoeka says:

    Roger that. It kind of reminds me of street (sea) hawking but with serious swag. Hahaha.

  4. ifiok umoeka says:

    However, I’m wondering if there are provisions for missiles perhaps in the VLS arrangement.

  5. Tope says:

    Well. Im sure Nigeria. Has put out an alert they are looking to get new ships for the 2012 and. 2013 era, so these Men decided to drop by, talk about taking your money to you

    The OPV Conference is a must see Event let us find a way and see how Oga beeg Can attend abi wetin una tink?.

  6. ifiok umoeka says:

    Roger that

  7. G8T Nigeria says:

    Growing relations between Nigeria and spain especially on the defence front is a welcome development. I bliv the NN will be matching up for a flag showing cruise to spain.

  8. Yagazie says:

    I know we should not look a gift horse in the mouth- and that all training goes to enhance the proficiency of our naval seamen- but there has to be an end to all this ‘on board 2-3 day training courses’ foreign navies oganise for the Nigerian Navy.

    Libya- which is just comming out of the throes of a revolution. It’s navy (which is not bigger than that of Nigeria) has just recently (on 28/06/13) concluded a 6 day joint maritime excercise (code named “Shadeen 13” with French naval units. Prior to that Libyan Naval units took part in a 2 day search and rescue excercise (code named “Canala”) with naval units from France, Algeria, Morroco, Tunisia and Malta.

    No foreign navy visits South Africa to conduct mere ‘on board training missions’ with the SA Navy. It’s the serious business of Naval Excercises conducted with the SA Navy or no visits at all.

    When are we going to get serious and go beyond these training missions and get down to the serioud subisnes of Naval Excercises with foreign Navies?

    • jimmy says:

      much respect however this year i believe you are forgetting WE have have conducted two major exercises . The one i vividly remember for give me if i forget the name or spell it wrongly was a thirteen NATION milltary naval exercise with the u.s and our partners in the EQUATORIAL GUINEA area . hopefully I am not mixing the second one up with the first but the second one was with the FRANCOPHONE NATIONS of the coasts of Cameroon, so we have conducted at least one I want to say two but i will even say at least one major meaningful naval exercise this year.operation faruta ( sp) and operation OBA—-. oga BEEGEAGLE i beg help me out, it is 830 in the morning in yankee .

  9. Yagazie says:

    Oga Jimmy- much respect my broda!! Yes the nigerian navy have had two naval excercises this year with other african navies and ships from western navies- that much is true.

    The point I was trying to make is that you don’t see vessels from western navies visiting South Africa or Morroco or Eygpt or Algeria for the purposes of conducting ‘ on board training excercises’ – with the navies of these countries. I can understand an ‘onboard training seminar/course being conducted with the Togolese or Benenoise or Senegalese navies (no disrespect to these countries)- but to do so with the the Nigerian Navy which has been in existence since 1956 and which currently has a number of major surface platforms with which proper naval excercises can be conducted? Come on!!!

    If they want to come on a goodwill visit to ‘show the flag’- they are welcome – but in my humble opinion we demean ourselves by engaging in such ‘trivial training excercises’- Naija don big pass that one my broda!!

  10. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, I know about EX OBANGAME. Three of such have taken place since 2010 but that is a regional effort for West and Central Africa.

    We are interested in the BILATERAL training missions here. Compared to the sheer number of foreign navies sailing in here in a year, we can gain sterner stuff.

    When the Chinese hudrographic survey ship came in last August, I am sure you saw that they worked with NN personnel from Lagos on to Ibaka. That is what we need. Firefighting and hydrographic survey – compare curricula for complexity.

  11. Yagazie says:

    Mon General Beegz!!- on point as usual!!- Merci Beacoup!!

    At this stage of our naval development any foreign navy that is not coming to engage in serious joint – training missions in the form of naval exercises with the Nigerian Navy should simply stay away- period!!

    The MV Rayo I believe was in south africa- did they do ‘first aid training/damage control/fire drill excercises’ with the South African Navy? – DEFINITELY NOT. So why should they be allowed to come here and do such basic stuff with our Navy? If they are on their way back to their home port and decided to pay a courtesy port visit to Nigeria, fine. They should simply dock, open up their ship to allow visitors (naval and civilian) see their vessel-if they so wish, have photo-ops, pay courtesy calls on the relevant Naval administrators and then be on their merry way.

    If they want to really assist our Navy- then they should have a joint naval exercise with our Navy involving surface and aerial assets (like our ATR42 -MPA aircraft or Augusta 109e naval helos) which will really test the efficacay of our systems. Leave the basic exercises out of the equation.

  12. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Yagz, I gbadu ur point. However, you know that then, they will be well aware of our little capacity and this is an arm of a military that prides itself in it secrecy! But then again, we go gree comot money buy missiles and drones expend for exercise? We go gree fuel ATR fly around for exercise? No one will want to come here and do fireworks alone abi na Christmas? I’d say without holding brief for these foreign navies, let us carryout another operation seadog so that if these guys come to do another fire service exercise, we point them to Benin republic.

    • Manny Aydel says:

      Oga Ifiok, thanks for rekindling memories of Seadog. I remember that President Paul Biya fled to France, believing that the exercise was actually an invasion of his country! More of such abeg to further improve our seamanship skills, test our electronic counter measures, fires systems etc.

  13. Max Montero says:

    It’s July 3, hope to see photos of the Spanish ship here. Is there an open ship visit scheduled for the public?


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