A Nigerian Navy seaman wields a Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 12.7mm heavy machine gun on board a patrol boat near the Atlantic coast off Bayelsa State, 19 December 2013



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  1. rka says:


    Posted: 2014-01-28 08:20:10
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    A new Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Nigerian Navy was launched on Monday, 27 January 2014 in Wuhan – China by the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan. The call sign of the OPV is F91. The First Lady also performed the Hull formation of the second OPV being built by the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Limited.

    Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Jonathan noted that the event was a demonstration of the commitment and resolve of the present administration to establish a virile Navy capable of protecting Nigeria’s maritime domain. She explained that Mr President had shown great commitment to the rapid transformation of Nigeria, particularly with the approval for the recapitalization of the Nigerian Navy fleet to enable it address various maritime security challenges.

    The First Lady emphasized that effective maritime security is vital to the realization of the Transformation Agenda of the present administration in Nigeria, in view of the fact that the country places significant velue on the economic benefits of its coastal and marine areas.

    She expressed delight that the fitting-out of the second vessel would be completed at the Naval Shipyard in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, appealing to the officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy to continue to discharge their duties with utmost professionalism, loyalty and integrity.

    The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin who was represented at the event by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor praised President Goodluck Jonathan for his commitment to entrench a robust and combat ready Navy.

    Admiral Ogbor thereafter joined the First Lady and senior officials of China Shipbuilding and Offshore Company to cut the ribbon and break the traditional bottle of champagne for the ship launch. It will be recalled that the hull formation of the vessel was done in September last year.

  2. drag_on says:

    Fantastic News, i guess she goes for sea trials Now.

  3. drag_on says:

    The link to the news is below. I guess the budget plan i saw for 2014 was to facilitate the hull formation of the second ship. Hopefully her sea trials go smoothly and we get her mid-year. I am guessing our sailors will be involved in the trials,and then bring her home.

  4. Spirit says:

    I can’t wait to see this ship we’ve been waiting for for about 2 years now. Now were getting something that can bark as well as ‘bite’ very deeply. Also, the tech transfer that comes along with the 2nd one will increase our know-how in Naval Engineering.

    Thanks to GEJ for this, but we still need more.

  5. tope says:

    this is a great news, not only do we get this ship this year but it will be sailing in our waters by july/august if everything goes well that month go be the month our oil theives go hear am, same month the second hamilton ships gets into nigeria we would have 2 OPVs sailing in the waters while Aradu and the 2nd china OPVs are fitted omen plus the 30-50m ships that number almost 20 and our Navy will really be sailing but let us continue in that stride, more SDBs and OPVs too.

  6. doziex says:


    I wish nigeria would act fast to get some of this much needed material, for our own war on terror.

    • jimmy says:

      I can only hope and pray that some of the big wigs in the military are listening.
      1) We have a bilateral Security agreement with the US specifically targetting the war on terror.
      2) Some of the bell huey helicopters albeit stripped down can be refurbished in Nigeria and upgunned with a .30 or .50 calibre gun.
      3) Yes we have started MANUFACTURING apcs but a few of those humvees can be shipped Directly to LAGOS onward to the the NE
      I really pray someone LISTENS/ READS THIS BLOG
      4) With the MASSACARE in ADAMAWA STATE ( gruesome welcome present?) this war is far from over.

      • freeegulf says:

        oga jimmy, with some mini guns and few rocket pods, the huey can be a formidable gunship. but knowing our timid air chiefs, they will rather be celebrating dinner parties than revamp the air force to fight BH menance in the north east and fulani marauders in the jos plateau
        very sad, giving that the air force is supposed to be the most formidable and efficient branch of the armed forces.

      • jimmy says:

        i can only hope they will reassert themselves and despite the delicate position they occupy call for and try and receive these surplus to requirements, it is not within the grasp of the us to ship these to lagos it will actually be cheaper to ship them via c130 or by boat to lagos than to transport them all the way to North or South Carolina or California . This just makes to much sense nah wah o!

  7. Henry says:

    Great find oga yagz.

  8. Henry says:

    Guy’s, any confirmed news as to if the navy is going to get helicopters for these incoming OPV’s?

  9. freeegulf says:

    its the reason NN is trying to reactivate some helicopters in its fleet. so i guess there might be no new helos coming for the navy.
    let them make the lynx air worthy once more, maybe that will encourage the air force to bring back the BO-105s at this critical time that they are needed to prosecute the war on terror in the north east and north central.

  10. gbash10 says:

    The US military is believed to have excess stock of Humvees and MRAP vehicles(13000),Chinooks,Black Hawks and Hueys helicopters from Iraq and Afghanistan operations.These equipment are to sold off or scrapped by the US military.Those MRAP vehicles sold to Nigeria and Senegal are believed to be from the excess stock.We need more of these stocks of equipment in Nigeria now!

  11. gbash10 says:

    The Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Chairman gave our first lady a gift of a mini-submarine model that looks like the Yuan Class submarine, Marketing strategy I believe!

  12. peccavi says:

    Singapore technologies has some interesting weapons. I wonder what their performance is like

  13. beegeagle says:

    Dem dey faya wella 🙂

    This weapon is highly visible on NA Infantry Corps assets (on Cobra APCs and Lancruiser gun-trucks of COIN operators). They are also mounted on gunboats and landing craft of the Amphibious Forces, some of which carry as many as three 12.7mm HMGs.

    The NN also field them on everything from RBS Defender river gunboats to Manta ASD Littoral Interceptors, Stingray landing craft to patrol craft such as Shaldag and OCEA types…not to mention NNS Andoni, the Cat class ships and the NNS Thunder, are clearly satisfied with this weapon and the NA and NN alike field them by the thousands in combo.

    One other STK weapon which is very popular here is the 40mm AGL which is severally fielded in combo with the HMG on RBS Defender boats and some other types.

    The 12.7mm HMG seen above is BY FAR the most widely deployed HMG in the Nigerian Armed Forces. They have a very significant cache of the legendary DShK 12.7mm HMG, most significantly deployed on Chinese-built Scorpion river gunboats (two weapon stations on each boat).

    Another fabled weapon – the Browning M2 12.7mm HMG can be seen on Panhard VBLs, Otokar Cobra APCs and Landcruiser gun trucks.

    As an aside, I am now able to confirm that perhaps following on the example laid down by the NA as seen in joint operations at Darfur, the Rwanda Defence Force have become the second sub-Saharan African army to deploy the Otokar Cobra APC. Nigeria and Rwanda were the first countries to send troops into Darfur and have remained there since 2003.

    Last December, I saw one Otokar Cobra APC on CCTV News as it rolled past in Juba, South Sudan and had thought it to be a Nigerian-owned asset until yesterday when, again on CCTV News, I saw a pair of Rwandese Otokar Cobra and a Mamba APC deployed in the Central African Republic.

    It is official…Rwanda now field the Otokar Cobra APC.

    • Are James says:

      Makes sense.
      The NDA trains a lot of Rwandan personnel so procurement practices get carried over and Paul Kagame is a close friend to Nigeria’s who’s who.

    • peccavi says:

      The AGL caught my eye as well as their light machine guns. Good section weapons, I would like to see it compared with the Minimi

  14. jimmy says:

    LOL love her, hate her , ignore her, they still follow Naija’s lead .

  15. doziex says:

    Beeg, I believe the otokars with the rwandans, are likely gifts from nigeria. You know, big brother nigeria likes to donate to others what we don’t have enough of.

    Rwandas purchase of the Mamba APC from south africa was widely covered. But not the turkish built Otokars.
    well, relations have soured between kigali and pretoria in recent years, so that may explain the change in supplier.

    But I can’t help thinking that it’s nigerian larghese at work. During the Rawlins years, Ghana benefitted a great deal from our generousity, though they will be the last to admit it.

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