NNS Zaria P173, a 38 metre Sea Eagle Mk.II Offshore Patrol Craft of the Nigerian Navy

A Nigerian Navy RBS Defender boat of the FOB Igbokoda is pictured here armed with a fore-mounted Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 12.7mm heavy machine gun


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  1. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, please take time to go through the latest comment on the thread posted below. In it, one of our A-List American aficionados who walks where it happens states that we CAN even install Chinese-made C803 anti-ship missiles on the NNS Thunder F90, which is precisely what the Bangladesh Navy are set to do with her sister ship, BNS Samudro Joy.
    That means, Israeli, Korean or Singaporean options would be equally permissible.


    American Friend says:
    December 28, 2013 at 8:49 am


    The Filipinos are spending their own money, albeit with a lot of help from the US Navy, to uparm their assets. And they got theirs WITH the MK 92 fire control system, due to their long standing relationship with the US. US/Nigerian defense cooperation is a pretty new thing, and at the time the THUNDER was transferred, the MK 92 stayed on shore.Watch carefully when USCGC GALLATIN transfers.

    Once the asset has transferred, there are no strings. The Bangladeshi’s have plans to uparm with mostly Chinese goods; Nigeria can do the same if they wish.

    Having said that, the conclusion that this is NOT a warship is both fair and understandable. This whole class has only fired 2 missiles on a range, probably no more than a handful of torpedos in training, and now BOTH those capabilities are gone from the entire US fleet of this class.

    The torpedo decoy noisemakers once fitted – gone for decades. The hull mounted active sonar – long gone. They were designed nearly 50 years ago to be austere escort frigates and to sit on the Ocean Stations, waiting for propeller driven airliners to ditch, and they have served as OPVs with long legs for most of their career, after some time in a shore bombardment role in Vietnam.

    One or more may return to Vietnam before the last is retired !”


    • Max Montero says:

      General Beeg! Happy New Year! Just want to know what options you are looking at with Singapore? As far as I know they are not producing any major warship systems, although they can integrate foreign-made systems (mostly Western, though).


  2. G8T Nigeria says:

    Good news. New OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II 32m patrol craft now delivered. NN marching on.

    • beegeagle says:

      Great. That is good to know. Nice way to end the year.

      2014 shall be the best year for the NN since 1982.

      – another 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft.

      – some (5?) 35 metre Sentinel FMPVs

      – a 38 metre Made in Nigeria patrol craft

      – two spanking new P18N 1800 ton stealth OPVs

      – the 3,250 ton USCGC Gallatin

      – the 2,054 ton USNS John McDonnell

      Not to mention the reactivation of

      – three 1970s vintage 31-32m ships

      – reconfiguration of two 50 metre 620 ton ships for midshore patrol duties

      – three 58 metre ships

      – the start of a comprehensive overhaul of the NNS Aradu

      The NN are moving out to sea again 🙂

  3. rka says:

    Generals, I really think we should move away from trying to arm NNS Thunder and her sister ship when delivered. Instead, we should continue mounting pressure on the powers that be to invest in new Corvettes and Frigates and leave Thunder and her sister ship as high performance OPVs.

    There is a requirement for these type of vessels worldwide to tackle piracy, bunkering, drug smuggling etc, which negates the need for a highly complex ship to undertake these kinds of mission.

    NNS Thunder is not too big to perform in the role, afterall, the Dutch Holland Class OPVs are 3,700 tonnes and although they come with a Frigate radar fit, are only armed with a 76mm main gun on the forecastle, a 30mm gun and machine guns. You don’t need missile armed ships for these duties and that is what is paramount in the Gulf of Guinea.

  4. Yagazie says:

    Oga Beegz, Greetings and wishing you and fellow Cyber Generals a Happy and Prosperous 2014. May our millitary also live in ‘exciting times’ – from an equipment purchase/refurbishment point of view.

    As you know our navy is in the hunt for a LPD. On this forum we have suggested that serious consideration be given to the purchase of the Makasser Class LPD which is currently in service with the Indonesian navy. I’d like to throw another possibility into the mix- the Chinese Type 071 ‘Yuzhao Class ‘ Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD).

    The PLAN navy currenly operation 3 vessels in this class and one (LPD Jing Gangshan- pennant no.999) is currently on a flagshowing/goodwill visit to Tanzania, taking a break from anti-piracy duties of the somail coast. The ship is about 19,000 tonnes displacement and about 210 m in length, can carry about 4 helos, 1000 troops and about 56 amphibous vehicles.

    We might not need something that big – we could negotiate with the chinese to have about 2-3 in the region of about 9,000 tonnes built (so that they can be maintained at our Naval Dockyard in Lagos/Naval shipyard in Port Harcourt). What do you think?

  5. rka says:

    That sounds like a good idea Oga Yagazie. Happy New Year to everyone.

  6. Yagazie says:

    Oga Rka, I agree with you. I too am firmly of the view that NNS Thunder and the incoming USCGS Gallatin should be used as long range high endurance OPVs for extended patrols within our EEZ. They are not warships and were not designed or built to operate as such. The fact that they served in the US Coastgaurd and not the US Navy seys it all. Our Govt should then concentrate on equipping our navy with proper warships such as destroyers, frigates, corvettes, LPDs, MCMVs, Replenishment supply vessels, submarines and fixed wing /rotary wing aircraft.

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