Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Thunder F90 berths in Luanda, Angola enroute Australia

Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS Thunder F90 berths in Luanda, Angola enroute Australia

NNS Thunder F90 sails into Simon’s Town Naval Base, Cape Town, South Africa.



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  1. Yagazie says:

    Nice one – though NNS Thunder has since left Luanda and is now docked at SimonsTown Naval Station in South Africa.

  2. G8T Nigeria says:

    nice looks but having the marking F90 on the middle of the ship is quite rear. Probably there are no rules.

  3. G8T Nigeria says: Oga beeg, u re right as to the request of 3 PIPAVAV OPVs by Russia referred to as a global major. Pls clarify on which shipyard is currently undertaking the NN OPVs. This article tells of so many re contracted works by PIPAVAV.

    • jimmy says:

      OGA GT8 methinks it is the biggest shipping yard in CHINA that will be handling the type 056 frigate for p18 and p19 as they have been doing the same thing for the Thais and even the Chinese and with the visit of the P.O.N. to CHINA this is going to be imperative that this ship set sail for LAGOS/ PORTHARCOURT before our 2014 CENTENARY celebration.

  4. camouflage1984 says:

    As at 13.55 today, the thunder arrived Cape Town and berthed @ Simon Town Naval Jetty

  5. Yagazie says:

    Gentlemen –

    Makes intresting reading especially as to upcoming Naval Excercises in West Africa come November 2013 (Sea Power for Africa Symposium in Dakar Senegal) and April 2014 (Excercise OBANGAME EXPRESS 2014 to be hosted by the Nigerian Navy off the coast of Lagos). Who talk say naija navy dey sleep?

  6. Yagazie says:

    Oga Beegz – any chance of our Navy going for the Dokdo Class Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) built by South Korea? Check it out: Not bad.

    • beegeagle says:

      Mighty Yagz, that Dokdo-class LPH is good but I suspect that it could be pricey.

      So we might as well keep it simple and not consigned to the realm of wish lists. Let us pounce on two Daewoo Makassar-class LPDs for US$100 million and a General Besson-class LSV from America for US$35 million.

      Anchor one LPD at Calabar to patrol our Central African neighbourhood in the Gulf of Guinea and another at Lagos to patrol in West Africa. Both would serve as floating military outposts to man our EEZ and the help with wider regional security in the Gulf. The LSV stays at Central Command to do our real homework in Nigeria, moving men and materiel like we would have used the old LSTs.

      • Max Montero says:

        Hi General Beeg!! Peru has already started work on their Makassar-class LPD, and they are planning to build another one as well. Also, the Philippine Navy will be accepting bids next week for 2 LPDs. I’ll be posting the specs of the ships, but I think it’s similar to what you’ve been pushing for the NN.

        And yes, the Dokdo is pricey. I believe the Malaysians tried to check it out but backed out upon getting the sticker price.


      • beegeagle says:

        That is good to know, Admiral Max..mighty Max of valour.

        So the USCGC Jarvis has been handed over to Bangladesh. It becomes the BN’s biggest ship.

        Have you heard and how feasible is it for Chinese-made C802 AShMs and FL3000 SAMs to be installed on a Hamilton class ship? I understand that this is the plan for the BNS Somudro Joy (ex-USCGC Jarvis). What do you know about the said plans?

      • Max Montero says:

        Hi again General Beeg!! Regarding the Bangladeshi plans on the Jarvis, all I can get are those coming from forums or informal sources, but it is logical for BN to use Chinese systems since they already have them.


    • Number one says:

      With a ski jump module it can operate a couple of the mig-29k or the chinese j-15

  7. beegeagle says:

    Mighty Yagz, I think there is a lot you are not telling us 🙂



    “Take solace in the fact that Nigeria and its actors have the continous capacity to be consistently inconsistent and to pleasantly surprise you when you least expect it.

    That said, Just stay calm, watch this space and monitor future developments”

    End of Quote



    “No probems – make we siddon dey look.Somehow I have this strong feeling that we are all going to be pleasantly ‘jaw droppingly ‘ (if that word exists) surprised and rendered speechless with the magnitude of the purchases/platform acquisitions that the navy will ‘quietly announce’.”

    End of Quote

    This your LHP, MIGHTY YAGZ, are you offering us snippets and ‘coding’ at the same time 🙂 ?

  8. beegeagle says:

    I am not really sure about that, Oga G8T.

    It is however the case that the actual construction work has sometimes been offshored. Two examples.

    When Suncraft of Singapore won contracts for the construction of 2 Sea Eagle OPCs and 215 river gunboats and landing craft, they were variously constructed by Nautica Nova of Malaysia and Strategic Marine of Australia respectively. Some of the 21 units of Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral Interceptors supplied by Suncraft were similarly constructed in Vietnam.

    My guess, assuming that firm contracts for the Pipavav ships have been signed, is that they could be constructed by Goa Shipyards of India whose facilities were inspected by Nigerian senators last year.

  9. jimmy says:


  10. Henry says:

    Helicopter carrier!!! Ok. Don’t we think we should first have the platforms to carry on the helicopter carrier? I don’t want to sound like a ‘kill joy’, but I think this helicopter carrier chatter is in-feasible, and as such a pipe dream. Personal opinion though.

  11. Henry says:

    Great find Oga jimmy. That’s a very beautiful photo.

  12. beegeagle says:


    NNS Thunder F90 sails into Simons Town Naval Base, Cape Town, South Africa.


  13. peccavi says:

    ear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbeche Ogbor is the Nigerian Navy’s Chief of Policy and Plans (CCPLANS) superintends and coordinates Nigerian Navy (NN) programmes, plans and policies including transformational activities. Defence IQ recently spoke with Rear Admiral Ogbor ahead of the OPV Africa conference to understand more about the maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea and how the Nigerian Navy was meeting these challenges.
    Thank you for joining us today Rear Admiral Ogbor. What do you consider to be the number one maritime threat for Nigeria? What is the Nigerian Navy doing to address this issue?
    African waters, including the Gulf of Guinea (GOG) is beset with of a myriad of maritime threats, for us in Nigeria, oil theft has posed the most significant threat to our national security and economic well being. Last year, it was reported that the national economy lost about $7 billion to oil theft alone. The challenge of oil theft is further exacerbated by the increasing nexus between oil theft, piracy and illegal refining of crude oil with its attendant consequences on the environment. Efforts of the NN to secure the maritime environment are numerous; at the strategic level current efforts of the NN hinge on the mandate given to the current Chief of the Naval Staff on his assumption of duty by Mr President to curb oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other acts of illegalities within our waters. In line with the Presidential directive, the CNS promulgated a Strategic Guidance SG 01. The main pillar of the operational focus of the NN as enunciated in the SG 01 is anchored on a trinity of action which encompasses surveillance, response initiative and enforcement. Furthering the surveillance concept, the NN is in the process of increasing existing Regional Maritime Domain Awareness Capability through integration with Coastal Maritime Radar and Surveillance Systems. Enhanced patrols by naval assets in order to sustain presence remains the main thrust of the current response initiative efforts. This is readily manifest in the extensive deployment of ships and patrol boats under the 3 Operational Commands of the NN. Despite these multilateral efforts, the wide expanse of the maritime environment presents a fundamental challenge to the capabilities of these naval assets. Accordingly, plans are ongoing to recapitalise the assets of the NN through acquisition of ships including Offshore Patrol Vessels. Beyond these, a deliberate policy of collective maritime security is being pursued at the sub regional level. As part of this, Nigeria and Benin Republic are into an operational partnership code named OPERATION PROSPERITY a joint naval patrol aimed at curbing piracy and illegal bunkering within the common waters of Nigeria and Benin. At the sub regional level the NN is also working with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) to further develop enhanced capacity for collective maritime security in the GOG.
    What are the other maritime threats you are tackling? What are the key challenges and hurdles you are facing with these?
    There are other broad threats impacting negatively on the present and future development of the nation, these include: piracy, weak regulatory institutions and legal frameworks on account of non domestication of international laws and conventions acceded to by governments, Illegal Unreported and Unregulated fishing, drug and human trafficking as well as proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Arising from the aforementioned threats, the critical challenge confronting the NN is the age of the Fleet. A couple of internal economic and national security dynamics have created challenges for the operational availability of the Fleet to effectively maintain continuous presence at sea. Gladly, there is renewed impetus at the strategic political and military levels to recapitalise the NN assets and may I add that this maiden OPV Africa Conference resonates this desire.
    Can you tell us a little more about the Nigerian Navy modernisation plans for the future? What capabilities are you looking to invest in and what are the time frames?
    The NN modernisation plan is anchored on the NN Transformation Plan 2011-2020. The plan links the vision of higher levels of defence management with the necessary capacity building programmes required by the NN within the next decade. Its overall objective is to achieve and sustain effective capacity to execute the statutory roles of the NN. Towards achieving the objective, the Plan is supported by 8 Lines of Development (LOD), each of which is made up of Developmental Objectives (DO). The DOs capture the desired capabilities to be achieved at the end of the transformational period. As earlier mentioned, the Transformation Plan has 8 pillars, which are concept and organization, fleet renewal, infrastructure and logistics amongst others. The short term plan runs from 2011-2012. Indeed, most of the developmental objectives/deliverables have been achieved across the 8 pillars of the Plan. For instance some of the asset acquisitions have been actualized while others are ongoing.
    How will the forthcoming OPV Africa Conference benefit the Nigerian Navy in ensuring maritime security and stability in the region. What are you hoping to get out the conference?
    The NN intends to leverage on the opportunity that the OPV Conference presents to further galvanise stakeholders together to bolster the common objective of enhanced maritime security. It will also be a unique opportunity for the NN to broadly appreciate the roles modern technologies play in facilitating seamless coordination of maritime security. In line with its asset recapitalisation programmes, the Conference is rife with prospects that would facilitate OPV acquisitions with several options. The NN also intends to use the Conference to seek partnership with maritime industry stakeholders to develop capacity in shipbuilding technologies. It is also hoped that in the end, a comprehensive strategy would be articulated to further assist in securing the GoG waters in order to provide the enabling environment for maritime economic activities to strive.
    Looking ahead, what is the most important goal for the Nigerian Navy?
    For the NN, all options to improve maritime security are on the table. The NN is working with international partners and equally making appreciable investment in assets recapitalisation in order to improve capabilities.
    Many including the Japanese Prime Minister, consider Africa to be the engine room of economic growth over the decades – before Africa is able to fulfill its potential do you think it’s imperative to secure its sea first? How important is maritime and port security when considering Africa’s future as an economic heavy weight?
    The sea is an important vehicle for national development and nations, including non-littoral nations exploit the resources and uses of the sea to improve the wellbeing of their citizens. Over 80 per cent of global trade is moved through shipping. This heavy reliance on the sea is most significant amongst the countries of Africa whose development path is entwined in the export and import trade. Natural resources at sea are also key to the success of most littoral nations economy hence the importance of maritime security.

    • jimmy says:

      Oga Peccavi well done
      My sincere hope is that something very constructive comes out of this conference.
      I agree on one very important point you have mentioned without rapid lawful prosecution of offenders we are not as a nation putting our best feet forward.
      Every single Somali pirate that was arrested by American ships was brought back to the states tried and convicted and was given heavy sentences especially the ones responsible for murder.As a result quite a few Somalis are guests of the American govt.
      I believe also the NN needs to be bolstered with more ships and personnel.

  14. johnbest1 says:

    I believe that with the way nigerian govt is acting towards acquisition,the nigerian navy should act more like the chinese military,whatever the chinese acquire they reverse engineer because of arms embargo,the chinese navy builds ships in classes in small numbers sometimes exports them thereby getting technical knowledge which they incorporate into other ship classes and this scares the american navy,an american naval source was quoted as saying that the latest chinese destroyer lunched earlier this year was comparable to the american aegis destroyer class.
    The source was quoted as saying that since the americans had no access to chinese shipyards they were reliant on blogs(such as beegeagle’s blogs,not quote) to supply pics of the new ships before hand.
    My oga’s the chinese shipbuilders which the americans claim build inferior ships have now gone up to the level of building ageis class ships equivalentnand before long would surpass the americans,why can’t nigeria build opv’s,corvettes and frigates with the same example and build dem in small numbers,(2 or 3)and den learn from it sell it and mak a better class.

    • eyimola says:

      Well I don’t approve of state sponsored intellectual property theft.
      Secondly, unlike China, Nigeria does not actually have a civilian ship building industry, which IMHO is necessary before you can build ships of the standard that you mention.

      What we should aim for is technology transfer, whereby we insist that 50-75% of our purchases should be built in Nigerian shipyards utilising Nigerian labour and locally sourced raw materials. If we do this for 5 years, you will see the difference

      • jimmy says:

        oga Eyimola you hit it right on the head

  15. CHYDE says:

    Oga beegs i sent you a mail pls.

    • jimmy says:

      oga GT8
      Thank you for the thread. a little mention this military officer is quoted as saying
      The Nigerian Armed Forces’ very intimidating credentials, in terms of its military professionalism, is exemplified by its role in Liberia, Sierra Leone and most recently, in Ivory Coast,” Nigeria’s Defence Adviser to South Africa, Commodore Jacob Ajani told the Voice of Nigeria
      When will we really hear the full unblemished details of what we did in IVORY COAST?

      • Acting Major Benbella says:

        We should try to get one more Hamilton class ship and three perry class frigates from the U.S. in the next three years. It appears that our only hope of building our navy is to depend on hand me downs from other countries. I’m tired of waiting for the day when the black people that run Nigeria will learn self
        dignity and self respect and realize that the biggest complaint that the rest of the world has about black people is our failure to take care of business through self effort. Nigerian leaders and political masters are so darn busy perpetuating that stereotype.

  16. beegeagle says:

    Nigeria are getting another Hamilton-class ship in 2014. That is a done deal. The OFFER has been made by the USA and a ship inspection visit by the NN is on the cards. A 2000+ ton USN ship was also offered.

    Concerning the OHP frigates, they are profound gas guzzlers. One would do. If you ask me, I’d rather we grab the two ex-German Type 122A frigates which are ‘cousins’ to our own NNS Aradu F89, built by the same Blohm+Voss.

  17. (@lordfej) says: are these another set of pirates or the set recently killed

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