NIGERIAN AMPHIBIOUS AND SPECIAL FORCES PARTICIPATE IN 3-WEEK LONG “EXERCISE AFRICAN WINDS” ALONGSIDE U.S, BRITISH, DUTCH AND SPANISH FORCES

Nigerian Army Amphibious Forces advance towards the enemy during a joint military exercise between Nigerian
armed forces, United States, Britain,Netherlands and Spain in Lagos on October 18, 2013. Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

Nigerian Navy special forces patrol the waters during a joint military exercise between Nigerian armed forces, United States, Britain, Netherlands and Spain in Lagos in October 18, 2013.

Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

In October 2013, a joint military exercise codenamed “Exercise AFRICAN WINDS” and which involved elements of the Nigerian armed forces, United States, Britain, Netherlands and Spain

took place in the southwest and southern coastal precincts of Nigeria.

The three-week joint military training with special forces and amphibious forces laid emphasis on further improving the capacity of the Nigerian military in its war against pirates, terrorists, illegal bunkerers and insurgents active within Nigeria’s maritime domain was staged under the auspices of the African Partnership Station (APS)

Participating troops were drawn from the Western Naval Command,81 Division Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy’s Special Boat Service and Hydrographic Survey Unit, the Nigerian Air Force Special Operations Group, the 81 Air Maritime Group and the Nigerian Navy Air Arm.

The scope of the exercise covered included amphibious raids, maritime counterterrorism, vessel boarding, stop and search in an opposed environment and hydrographic survey.

The primary objective of the exercise was the enhancement of the Nigerian Armed Forces’ ability to plan and execute joint operations in the maritime environment.

150 of the participating troops were drawn from units of the Nigerian armed forces while 739 came from the foreign Special Forces.

The exercise in Lagos took place between October 15 and October 18 at Ibeshe Beach and the Navy Ordinance Depot (NOD) Waterfront.

The Calabar exercise held between October 21 and October 24 at the Tinapa and Muddy Beach. Other exercises conducted in Calabar included Riverine and Jungle operations carried out by a combined force drawn from the U.S.,UK and the Netherland marines.

Finally, an amphibious raid planned and executed by troops from the Army Amphibious Forces, Navy Special Boat Service and the NNS Jubilee was conducted at Oron Beach to end the exercise.

According to a press statement issued by the Nigerian Navy, the exercises covered “company level amphibious raids, marine counter terrorism, sea mine identification and disposal, oil rig protection, riverine operations, insertion and extraction.

The objective of the exercise is to improve the capacity of the Nigerian armed forces to plan and execute joint operations in a maritime environment.”

(with additional reporting by the News Agency of Nigeria and the Nigerian Navy PR Directorate)

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32 Responses to NIGERIAN AMPHIBIOUS AND SPECIAL FORCES PARTICIPATE IN 3-WEEK LONG “EXERCISE AFRICAN WINDS” ALONGSIDE U.S, BRITISH, DUTCH AND SPANISH FORCES

  1. rka says:

    http://www.navy.mil.ng/press/33.news#.UpC5hb5FCFR

    Above is a link to the Nigerian Navy Website where you can view the CNS’s Strategic Guidance report.
    Great photos at the end of ongoing projects like the OPVs under construction and the 38m boat under construction and much more.

    • camouflage1984 says:

      Thanks for the info oga rka, i am happy that most of NN ships will be operational soon, however my utmost joy is dat NNS Aradu, Nigeria’s only real frigate will be sailing again soon.

  2. Solorex says:

    I like to congratulate NN for the fact that they have the best PR department in the Nigeria Armed forces; they are able to articulate their vision and achievement publicly without compromising their mandate. It would be much easy for them to get public support ,recognition and funds in the future.

    I really do not believe NN has intentions to refit Aradu as a frigate it is,i really think she will most likely be stripped of armament/sensors and FCS to a regular OPV. I am really interested in the armament that will come with the Chinese OPVs. the Radar is fine, but really of no good use in mordern warfare ( if you see the enemy clearly in good time-so what?) except it is complemented by a good mid range ASM, integrated coms, and decent AAC system.

  3. Yagazie says:

    Oga Solorex – you took the words out of my mouth as far as praising the NN’s PR department is concerned. Theri revamped website is easy to access and use. It is also regularly updated with photographs evidencing what is written. WELL DONE.

    I am particularly impressed with the fact that the welfare of officers and men is given priority and good attention (with barracks, flats/houses, guest houses, medical facilites, base renovation, staff cars (peoguet 408s) for ship commanding officers, recreational facilities etc). as motivated men will do a good job.

    From the SG-01 and SG-02 i note that we have about 11 FOBs, with a new one to come on stream at Tarkwa Bay, a Naval Outpost in Onitsha and the HQ of the CNC is now taking shape.

    The specialist hospital at Calabar should be equipped to the highest standard so that our President can receive medical treatment there – similar to the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in the US. 2014 promises to be a good year as far as naval platform acquistions/renovations is concerned.

    I am especially exited about the locally built 38metre sea ward defence boat and the fact that we will have a Fishery Protection Patrol Squadron and that the NN Hydrographic office is to be ugraded to Natinal status.

  4. Yagazie says:

    Continuing from my previous posting-on highlights from the CNS’s SG-01 and SG-02,

    Intergration of Regional Maritime Awareness Centre (RMAC) with Central Maritime Rader Surveillance System (CMRSS) for imporved Maritime Domain Awareness.

    The re-activation of naval platforms (NNS EKPE, EKUN, OHUE, BARAMA,BRASS, YOLA, SIRI, ANYIM, DAMISA and our flagship ARADU. Commissioning of the 2 OPVs currently under construction in China/Nigeria, our locally built 38M sea-ward defence boat, purchase of 5 K-13 Inshore Patrol Craft, completion of the acquistion/transfer of USCGS GALLATIN and the USCGS Hydrographic Vessl (McHenry?) , – thats about 20 vessels (new, refurbished or acquired) coming on stream between now and the end of 2014. Not bad at all.

    Eleven FOBs (Badagry, Takwa Bay, Igobokoda, Escravos, Forcados, Formosa, Brass, Bonny, Ibaka, Qua-Iboe and James Town (next to Bakassi) – way to go – provided these FOBs are well equipped and have sufficient naval platforms, then Pirates, illegal Bunkerers and Smugglers are in for a hard time as these FOBs and naval sea going platforms will also greatly enhance the Navy’s ability to maintain a Continous at Sea Presence/Deterrent..

    coupled with the equiping of the Naval Flying Unit Warri

  5. beegeagle says:

    ELSEWHERE, BEEGEAGLE WROTE (30-8-2013)

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/some-israeli-built-shaldag-mk-ii-fast-patrol-craft-of-the-nigerian-navy-world-exclusive-screengrab/

    At the moment, Mighty Yagz, there are 4 units of 25 metre Shaldag FPCs, with one unit from the 2012 order slated for delivery later this year. So let’s say five. There are also three units of similar-sized OCEA FPB 72 MK.IIs which have been photographed together at a FOB in the Niger Delta. That makes eight of those 24m/25m patrol craft – 75% of those delivered in 2013. There are six coastal FOBs, and if they so desire, the NN can deploy one unit to each of the FOBs.

    There are also a minimum of eight units of 20 metre Raidco Marine, P2000 Watercraft and Swiftships patrol craft. I do not know about their precise states of operational readiness.

    But there are indications to suggest that even bigger vessels have operated from some of the FOBs. For instance, NNS Zaria, a Sea Eagle Mk.II Offshore Patrol Craft was launched from FOB Bonny last year and it seized a Belgian-flagged oil tanker which had been spotted by the coastal radar array, going back and forth between the coast and the high seas around Akassa, as she engaged in dubious business.

    The NN also own a total of eight 31 metre/32 metre Coastal Patrol Craft, acquired in the 1970s, at least three of which have been spotted on TV and pictured in operations on this blog since 2012 – NNS Yola, Argungu and Makurdi. Added to those is the 31 metre Made-in-Nigeria NNS Andoni, which was involved in sensational counterpiracy operations this month, even as it remains to be seen if she sailed from a coastal FOB or a major naval base in the Niger Delta. Last year, she was mostly engaged in anti-piracy patrols off the Lagos waters. That is documented on this blog. So she is probably now homeported elsewhere in the CENTCOM or EASTCOM AORs.

    The NN shall take delivery of a second Made-in-Nigeria 31m vessel and a new 32 metre FPB 98 Mk.II vessel from OCEA of France within the next six months max. In addition, anywhere between four and five 35 metre Sentinel FPVs are believed to be on order.

    With a potential upward deployable limit (by end 2014) of eleven units of 31m-33m ships, seven units of 35-38m ships, sixteen 20-25m ships and six FOBs, the NN shall from that pool of over 30 small ships, in a bit be able to decide whether to make 35-38 metre platforms, 31-33m platforms or 20-25m platforms, the leadships at the coastal FOBs and would be able to actually toy with the idea of having one unit of each of these aforementioned vessel categories deployed at the said FOBs. They only need to maintain 90% serviceability on the 35-38m class and 70% serviceability on the 20-25m and 31-33m categories to achieve this array. Then, they can also deploy two units each of the 21 units of 17 metre Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral Interceptors to the six FOBs.

    FOBs well resourced, the remaining units can then be deployed to major bases for the purpose of serving as escort vessels to big oceangoing ships and as allied patrol platforms.

    For the major bases, we need to do something decisive about the six 400 ton 58 metre missile vessels. Since there are three Lurssen and three Combattante III types, we should think of cannibalising one each to keep two sister ships afloat. That would mean having two Lurssen and two Combattante III vessels but the advantage would be full, all year round serviceability.

    The fact that two units of long laid-up and comparatively fresh 700 ton MCMVs are being reconfigured as midshore patrol vessels should give us the courage to act on the 58 metre Lurssen/Combattante ships. If we can get another ten years of service off them, that would be fine.All of these would be deployed to the major bases and fleet command HQs.

    In closing, I have seen the Sa’ar 72 and we have discussed this with Admiral Max Montero. My clear preference is that we ENSURE that ALL OPVs and corvettes are over 1,500 tons large. Deep sea operations in view. An 800 ton Sa’ar 72 corvette is adequate for Israel’s compact territorial waters. For our needs, an 800-tonner would soon enough necessitate the quest for larger replacement ships. Given our tardy approach to big vessel acquisition, I would humbly suggest that the Sa’ar corvette, beautiful as she is, would ultimately be found wanting – unable to undertake intercontinental voyages on flag showing trips or comfortably intercept pirates hundreds of miles in international waters offshore the Gulf of Guinea.

    The absolute bottomline which we must not go below, with interoperability, good seakeeping and panoply of armaments carried as key determinants, are

    – used units of the 1,300 ton Pohang class corvettes..Korean-made

    – new units of 1,440 ton Type 056 corvette.

  6. beegeagle says:

    MATTERS ARISING

    Thanks, RKA, for this link

    http://www.navy.mil.ng/press/33.news#.UpC5hb5FCFR

    There goes another reason why Beegeagle’s Blog remains impeccable as far as credibility goes.

    Many months ago (early in 2013), it was G8T Nigeria who let us in on the fact that there were plans to refurbish the NNS Aradu at an offshore facility of some Western concern in the UAE. He went further to state that the 700 ton Mine Countermeasure Vessels, NNS Barama and NNS Ohue, which were delivered to the Nigerian Navy in 1988 but which have been so sparingly used that they could pass for being 80+% new, were being reconfigured as midshore patrol vessels with a view towards boosting the presence at sea of the NN. Well, there goes confirmation, six months later, by the CNS himself.

    Well, the NN had a total of six FOBs (created since 2003) in addition to the major naval bases at Lagos, Warri, PHC, Onne, Oghara, Calabar and inland bases at Lokoja and Makurdi. Now, they are getting five more coastal FOBs.

    Existing FOBs
    Badagry
    Igbokoda
    Escravos
    Formoso
    Bonny
    Ibaka

    New FOBs

    FOB Tarkwa Bay
    FOB Forcados
    FOB Qua Iboe
    FOB JamesTown
    FOB Brass

    We have also stated copiously, the fact that the NN are building a new naval air station at Effurun in the Warri metropolitan area and that another one is planned for Calabar thereafter.

    In the post immediately above this one, we wrote about a total of eight 31 metre Abeking+Rasmussen and 33m Brooke Marine ships dating back to the 1970s era which have probably spent more than half of their service lives in storage and are physically, not as well-worn as their vintage suggests. Well refurbished and upgraded, they could be put to use from the FOBs for another ten years.

    NNS Yola (P166, commissioned 1973) and NNS Brass (P169, commissioned 1976), both undergoing rehab., are 31 metre German-built Abeking+Rasmussen ships.

    The NN also own six French-made Combattante III and Luerssen FPB 57 ships which arrived missile-armed in the 1980s and which all saw extensive action during the ten year-long ECOMOG expedition in Liberia and Sierra Leone where they enforced naval blockades, engaged in shore bombardment and attacked ships bearing cargo for enemy forces. This flotilla of six 58 metre ships should be able to serve as midshore patrol vessels if stripped of their now-doubtful missile strike capabilities, have each scarcely seen fifteen years of service cumulatively.

    Alternatively and with the NN organised into three fleets, perhaps three of these ships can be restored to full capability using Israeli anti-ship missiles while the rest are converted to gun-armed Midshore Patrol Vessels and replenishment ships to move supplies between what shall soon be a total of 15-20 major bases and FOBs along our 530 mile coastline. Seems sensible to me.

    Some of the 58 metre ships already undergoing restoration work or which are in line for same are

    – NNS Ekpe (P178, commissioned 1981) and NNS Damisa (P179, commissioned 1981), both German-built Lurssen FPB57 missile FACs

    – NNS Siri (P181, comm.1981), NNS Ayam (P182, comm. 1981) and NNS Ekun (P183, comm.1981), which are French-built Combattante III missile FACs

    For the NN, the only way from here is UP

  7. Colonel says:

    Link to pictures from past nigeria navy special forces exercise with dutch, spanish, U.S and U.K forces…

    http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?assettype=Image&sfkc=Armed+Forces%3bNetherlands%3bNigeria%3bSpain%3bUK%3bUSA

  8. beegeagle says:

    Thanks for sharing, Colonel

  9. beegeagle says:

    BTW, this is what we have loudly proclaimed our interest in seeing for a long time now on this blog. We made it clear that our foreign partners have no business coming here in the name of skills impartation only to repeatedly teach first aid and fire fighting to our bored troops.

    Some real combat simulation..LPDs, LCVPs, LPUs, surveillance planes, attack helicopters, river gunboats, special forces, amphibious forces..the works.

    Way to go. More of this meaningful stuff please. The 3-week duration was also very impressive to me. Perhaps we can have another one focusing on desert warfare somewhere around Sabon-Birni in NW Nigeria and mountain warfare at Obudu.

    Those added-on skills should come in handy since there is no gainsaying the fact that a lot of the COIN operations in the geographically diverse Northeast has taken place in semi-desert and highland territories.

  10. rka says:

    You’re welcome Oga Beeg, things are indeed looking up for the Navy and long may it continue.
    Hopefully, it won’t be long before the next phase i.e. new Corvettes/Frigates, LPDs/Assault ships and alas, submarines.
    Any news about the 2 LSTs? I know there was a fire on one sometime back and has a leaning mast.

  11. rka says:

    Your welcome Camouflage1984. @Solorex, there is no reason why the re-fit won’t see NNS Aradu’s capabilities being enhanced.
    The case with NNS Thunder was because the USA stripped the ship bare and we had to install our own communications gear and there was no urgent need to arm the cutter unlike the Philippines with a boundary dispute with China.
    The OPVs were not bought to take on missile armed ships/crafts, although they have the potential and capacity to be armed in future if required.

  12. tim says:

    Aradu is still at wilmot point,dockyard…..not in the uae.

  13. tim says:

    You can see it, if you heading to VI,CMS

  14. beegeagle says:

    Oga Tim, you were not paying close attention🙂

    QUOTE

    “Many months ago (early in 2013), it was
    G8T Nigeria who let us in on the fact that there were PLANS TO refurbish the NNS Aradu at an offshore facility of some
    Western concern in the UAE”

    END OF QUOTE

    Emphasis – “PLANS TO REFURBISH”…not “NNS Aradu is undergoing a refit in the UAE”

  15. beegeagle says:

    The leaning mast might as well bow down entirely now, Oga RKA🙂. They have paid their dues and did heavy work during the ECOMOG years moving troops and logistics into West Africa…not to mention bringing back refugees to Nigeria.

    That said, the pair of MCMVs which are undergoing a reconfig as we write were acquired at a cost of US$100 million, 25 years ago. I see no reason why the FG cannot spend that same US$100 million in 2013 to get a pair of Makassar-class LPDs for Nigeria.

    The multifunctionality of those behemoths would at once give Nigeria two floating military bases in the deep blue…each able to hold a Shaldag/OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II and a Manta ASD Littoral Interceptor in its hold, carry as many as six Agusta A109 type helics, RHIBs, tanks and as many as 500 troops (including a mixed company-sized contingent of amphibious troops and SF commandos).

    I’d rather we moved on to the next and long-term plan – LPDs which, in any case, are itemised in the NN’s 10-year Strategic Acquisition Plan.

    Thereafter, we can ground one of the 1,300 ton LSTs to be cannibalised for spares to keep the other afloat for any number of years. We need to keep the long-term plan in view.

    The only thing which we should think of doing for makeshift arrangements to saturate our EEZ with greenwater platforms is seek out three used Pohang corvettes from Korea. If we can get those for a total of US$75 million and keep them in service until 2025, Nigeria would have grown richer over that period and placed orders for new-build fighting ships.

    It is unfortunate that after having awarded oil and gas construction and shipbuilding(LPG super tankers) contracts to Korean giants such as Daewoo and Hyundai valued at over US$12 billion since 2003, the Nigerian Navy did not get even a used corvette and two new bare-hulled OPVs for us to go and arm up elsewhere by way of deal sweeteners. Somebody took their eyes of the ball to the detriment of our national interest.

    To drive home the point, on a contract for two Korean 62 metre sub-500 ton OPVs whose contract value might not exceed US$60 m, the Ghana Navy got a free used 37metre PKM large patrol craft.

    Compare that to coming away empty-handed after having penned over US$12bn worth of contracts with the same Korea since 2003. We need to wake up. It is not too late to ask both Korean shipbuilding giants, Daewoo and Hyundai to make material contributions to maritime security in our EEZ where they have fed fat. I am CERTAIN that, sans armaments, each of them can deliver a minimum of a 1,200 ton OPV for US$25 million per unit. We can then get some Israeli or Singaporean firm to arm them up with naval arty, CIWS and torpedoes.

  16. rka says:

    Also it says on the website that it is in the navy’s plans for the next 12 month period to refit NNS Aradu.

  17. beegeagle says:

    BTW, I can see that like the smaller 1,440 ton cousins, the Thai Navy’s Pattani class OPVs which are missile armed, the NN’s 1,800 ton P18N stealth OPVs shall be all about open architecture and able to incorporate Chinese and Western systems alike…more like being Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS-compliant).

    Already, they are deploying German MTU engines and we just learnt about Kelvin Hughes radar systems too. That is good, so that if anyone tries to monkey about or play intense mind games like was the case during the sanctions era, we can delete their systems and look for something less contentious to install on our ships.

    Lemme show you what they have on the Chinese-built Pattani OPVs of the Royal Thai Navy.

    2 × Ruston16RK270 diesel engines

    1 × Selex RAN-30X/I multimode surveillance radar with IFF

    1 × Rheinmetall TMX/EO fire control radar and optronic director

    3 × Raytheon Anschutz NSC-25 SeaScout navigational radar

    Combat system:

    Atlas Elektronik COSYS combat management system

    Navigation system :

    Raytheon Anschutz IBS/INS NSC- series

    Communication system:

    Rohde & Schwarz Integrated Communication system

    Armament:

    1 × Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid

    2 × Denel Land Systems GI-2 20mm autocannon

    2 × U.S. Ordnance M2HB .50 caliber machine gun

    2 × Mk.141 RGM-84 Harpoon SSM launcher

    Well, how about those for a Chinese-built OPV. Rancour-free, COTS-compliant and open architecture at its finest.

  18. rka says:

    Good points Oga Beeg. It does though appear that our wait for an LPD is not too far off. If you remember when the initial contract for the 2 OPVs were signed (in Abuja or Lagos?), a model of an LPD/Aircraft carrier was presented to the CNS.
    When the CNS was in China for the formation ceremony, there was a picture/model of an LPD in a prominent position in the background.
    Also with the recent African Winds exercise and use of the Dutch Landing Ship, Rotterdam, with 4 Nigerian Navy officers embarked on the journey while passing through other West African countries, the Navy may well be gearing up for such an eventuality.
    The Nigerian Naval Officer in charge of the exercise did hint by saying the training on the use of the various assets associated with the ship would be wasted if the navy didn’t follow through with such platform (or words to that effect).
    In the Nigerian Armed Forces, this is usually a kind of code to justify procurement. A sort of softening up of the public.

  19. rka says:

    The Thai OPVs are seriously armed. The thing is, will the Nigerian Defence Ministry think it is urgent to have our OPVs armed to the teeth at this stage? I hope they do.

    I am not too much in favour of the used Korean corvettes as they lack a helipad. I know the rear turret can be removed, but it may cost too much to install a flight deck etc.

    Recently, the rumour mill re-started in relation to the Pipavav OPVs from India, but I don’t know how reliable it is as there have been no hints from the navy. But one never knows.

  20. beegeagle says:

    Oga RKA, do they really need to soften up the public? Any Nigerian who does not already know that ours, haven now possibly overtaken Somalia on the chart, is now the deadliest EEZ on the planet probably lives on the next planet.

    Yes, I noticed immediately that some of the training during the “AFRICAN WINDS” appeared to be indicative of hardware systems to come. For one, we know that the LSTs are approaching their run-out dates and the prominence given to LCVP and LCU operations off the HMNLS Rotterdam got me thinking that our chaps are learning the rudiments of LPD operations.

    That is not far fetched, not when the NN have expressly stated that they have their sights set on frigates, LPDs and submarines in the lead up to 2019.

    NIGERIAN NAVY’S 10 YEAR STRATEGIC ACQUISITION PLAN

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/the-nigerian-navys-ten-year-expansion-plan-revisited/

    In sync with that, I also noted that there were hydrographic survey drills and the NN are expected to take delivery of the ex-USNS John McDonnell, a 2,054 hydrographic survey ship, come 2014.

    My worry is this : can CSOC match Daewoo’s US$50 million price tag for an 8,000+ ton Makassar class LPD? If not, why bother? It is not as if Daewoo are not known to be a very reputable name in shipbuilding. Get my drift?

  21. beegeagle says:

    Guess what? I would not be bothered by the lack of a flight deck on the Pohang corvette. The Chinese Type 53H1 and H2 frigates do not have flight decks either. They have big guns aft, just like the Pohang corvettes. But the Chinese are modifying the Type 53 frigates as they are even now getting decommissioned. Some have been given helipads while others have been modified to OPVs and transferred to the MSA for coastguard duties.

    Lemme say this as well. Even the brand-new Chinese Type 056 stealth corvette only comes with a helipad. The Bangladeshi variant (2 ships) is being extended to create room for a hangar while orders have been placed for two Z-9 naval helics to operate therefrom. Bangladesh have just kickstarted a naval air arm with Agusta A109e helics and Dornier 228NG MPA surveillance planes. The Z-9 helics will arrive with the Type 056 corvettes.

    Nigeria’s P18N OPVs are also enlarged OPV derivatives of the Type 056 corvette. Unlike the smaller corvette which comes with a helipad as standard feature, the incoming stealth OPVs shall incorporate hangars and helipads. The Thai Navy Pattani OPVs also incorporate both hangars and helipads.

    So with the Pohang corvettes, the NN can always knock off the 76mm gun aft and convert that space to a flight deck while installing two aft-facing Bofors 40mm higher up amidships such that their arcs of elevation are well clear of the flight deck

    (in my book, the big gun aft makes way for a helipad and thus creates a more versatile fighting ship)

    PHOTO CREDIT: GLOBAL SECURITY

  22. beegeagle says:

    Months ago, I got a message from someone who was obviously a trade competitor and he was bad-mouthing and yapping about Pipavav not being up to the job of handling what he called the “Nigerian contract”. The chap was an Indian and he wrote in from Goa.

    We shall see about that. Nothing stays hidden forever. Two 2,000 ton stealth OPVs in the first instance, with an option for a further two ships.

  23. rka says:

    I think you have partially convinced me with the Pohang Corvettes as the turret placement aft actually makes it ideal to re-fit and turn into a helipad.

    But will the navy go for it?

  24. Yagazie says:

    Oga rka, I smiled to myself when I read your comments regarding the possible purchae of LPDs. On this blog a couple of months ago I wrote words to the effect that we should never underestimate the capacity of the millitary to surprise us when we least expect it or words to that effect. I stand by those comments, so regarding the LPDs………… lets continue to watch this space.

    Regarding the recently concluded millitary excercises, thank goodness that our millitary are now engaging in proper joint millitary/naval excercises with serious foreign powers and not accepting ‘endless first aid/fire-fighting drills’ training. We don pass that stage long ago. Way to Go.

    Continuing on the theme of the recently concluded amphibious excercises conducted in Lagos and Oron (i.e. African Wind excercises), if my memory serves me correctly, the FIRST amphibous landing by an African Nation was carried out by the Nigerian Army 3rd Marine Commando division in 1968 at Bonny during the Nigerian Civil War. (Oga Beegz am I right?). Thereafter the Nigerian Army have conducted amphibous landings during the Liberian and Sierra-Leone conflicts in the 1990s. Thus I guess our boys have ‘previous form’ in these type of operations.

    • beegeagle says:

      READ

      I.

      THE NIGERIAN ARMY’S BONNY LANDINGS
      OF JULY 1967 WERE HAILED AS A FIRST BY
      ANY THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.

      The amphibious and littoral warfare skills of the Nigerian Army which commenced amphibious operations in 1967, is right now engaged in daily littoral and amphibious operations in Africa’s largest delta and which has even executed massive amphibious landings in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cameroon, elicits no hard sell.

      READ

      ” Amphibious landings by the Nigerian
      marines led by Major Isaac Adaka Boro
      captured the Niger Delta cities of Bonny,
      Okrika and Port Harcourt on 26 July 1967. The Bonny landing of July 1967 was hailed as the first such operation by any Third World country.

      The 3 Marine Commando landing at Bonny was the first large scale amphibious operation planned and executed by the Nigerian Armed Forces. The troops were hurriedly assembled and launched into operation. Quite a number of them suffered sea sickness which impacted negatively on their fighting efficiency. The casualties suffered during the landing were attributed to inadequate sea familiarisation by the troops.

      This was followed by the Delta Ports
      Amphibious Operations in September
      1967 to recapture the riverside ports of
      Warri, Koko and Sapele from the Biafrans.

      Another major operation was mounted
      on 19 October 1967 to liberate Calabar by November 1967, followed by the
      amphibious landing of the 3 Marine
      Commandos at a beachhead in Oron to
      capture the mainland of Cross River State”

      end of quote

      B.

      QUOTE

      Nigerian Civil War Amphibious
      Operations

      Amphibious Army-Navy assault at Bonny
      on July 26, 1967.

      Successful

      This opposed beach landing operation
      also involved the use of merchant ships
      from the Nigerian National Shipping
      Line. It was the first joint Army-Navy
      combat operation in post-colonial
      Nigeria.

      II

      Joint amphibious Army-Navy operations at Escravos, Koko,Youngtown, Sapele and Warri during operations to
      clear the Midwest. (August and September 1967)

      Successful

      These landings were mostly unopposed.

      III

      Operation Tiger-Claw: Joint amphibious
      Army-Navy assault on Calabar on
      October 18, 1967.

      Successful

      IV

      Joint amphibious assault on Oron, March 1968.

      Successful

      This was the first full coordinated tri-
      service joint operation, involving the NA, NN and NAF.

      END OF QUOTE

      http://globalsecurity.org/military/world/nigeria/marine-commando.htm

  25. rka says:

    Oga Yagazie, you’re on point. The LPD is just over the horizon. Maybe with a pair of binoculars, it can be spotted, LOL.

  26. beegeagle says:

    Oga RKA, you and Mighty Yagz sound so similar that it is no joke. And you are both maximally navalised :)…same way Oga XNur44 and Gbash10 breathe air warfare.

    Nice…great content from all mentioned.

  27. Agaugust says:

    my posts never get published. anyway, one last try maybe.
    why waste money on ARADU, the metal incredible Hulk is not stealth in these modern times.
    the chinese Type 056 is stealth, and a few extra million dollars will load one of it with C-803 antiship missiles that have range close to 300km and fire control radar range of close to 250km.
    that would give us the most deadly warship in africa, beating morocco’s fantastic FREMM frigate currently africa’s most powerful warship.
    the second nigerian Type 056 (in P18N mode) can be just a gun armed OPV.

  28. beegeagle says:

    Lemme say again that if you are an aspiring commenter, you need to check the email address which you used to log in your comment for a ‘verification email’. If you have not seen it, then it is possibly that you did not submit a real email address.

    So try again and honestly, fill in your useable details. Thank you.

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