The NNS Thunder F90 is a sister ship to the NNS Okpabana

May 22, 2014

The Nigerian Navy yesterday, said that it has acquired additional eight ships in its fleet, to boost its capacity to police the country’s maritime environment.

At a press briefing in Abuja to mark the 58th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy, the Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, disclosed that 38 ships were arrested between January and May this year, for their involvement in various (acts of illegality) in the country’s territorial waters.

The Chief of Naval Staff, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, COPP, Rear Admiral Amin Ikioda, said that eight of the ships currently in the custody of the Navy were Chinese ships, adding that the acquisition of the additional ships would further help in checking and stopping such acts of illegality.

Admiral Jibrin disclosed that the acquisition followed the adopted “double pronged strategy” of the Navy towards achieving the recapitalisation of its fleet, which he said was top priority. “On one hand, ships are being acquired from some friendly countries while on the other hand, the NN is complementing with local construction of ships.

“In this regard, the United States Coast Guard Cutter GALLLATIN was transferred to the NN on May 7, 2014 at Charleston, South Carolina.The ship, which has been renamed NNS OKPABANA,is expected to sail from the United States in the 3rd quarter of the year to join the country’s naval fleet.

“In the same vein, the navy has acquired 2 ×1800-ton offshore patrol vessels, OPVs, on order from China. One of the OPVs, NNS CENTENARY, is expected to join the NN fleet before the end of this year, while about 30 percent of the second one will be constructed in the Nigerian Naval Shipyard, Port Harcourt in partnership with the shipyard in China.

“Furthermore, 5 x K-47 boats currently under construction in the Netherlands will also join the naval fleet before the end of the year”, he said.

He said that the Nigerian Navy had also taken bold step in the local construction of vessels, with the first 31-metre Seaward Defence Boat constructed locally by the Nigerian Navy at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos State and already commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan.

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  1. Tayo says:

    There have been quite a number of acquisitions by the Navy in recent times, however it seems that these acquisitions are mainly geared towards the interception of Pirates and smugglers. This is not a navy that can project force or carry out a true naval blockade against a well organised and equipped navy. Granted that the maritime threats faced currently by Nigeria are mainly posed by maritime criminals and pirates but the armed forces must be forward thinking and prepare itself for diverse scenarios including a potential all out naval attack. The navy is in dire need of an effective air wing comprising of attack helicopters and search and rescue helicopters ansd fixed wing aircraft that can be operated from bases within the naval formations.

  2. Augustine says:

    Good news, thanks oga Beeg. BTW What is NNS Encounter? We are said to have lost her in a fire this week. I dont know why local input on the second stealth ship is reduced from 50%-70& down to a mere 30%. Any reason sir?

  3. Giles says:

    oga beeg,pls which boat is nns encounter

  4. beegeagle says:

    My understanding is that it is one of several offshore maritime security vessels owned by contractors and crewed by the Nigerian Navy. It was merely given that pseudonym, NNS Encounter.

    The contractor bears responsibility for the maintenance and operating costs of such vessels.

    Here are examples of contractor-owned vessels

    Technically, it is not a Nigerian Navy-owned vessel. Oil majors, for example, retain the services of maritime security contractors who provide security vessels and crew boats which move workers to offshore or creek-bound locations.

    Those would typically be wholly or partly crewed by the Nigerian Navy.

    Go through the LGS Nigeria and AQUA SHIELD websites for an in-depth understanding of how this pans out in reality.

  5. Solorex says:

    These K47 patrol craft are47m Damen Stan 4708 design used by US coast guards and SA also, build in US under the Designation “Sentinel” and SA name “Lillian Ngoyi class environmental patrol vessels”; possibly armed with Bushmaster Naval guns to be used mainly in anti-bunkering and Fishery zone enforcement. I think they were ordered from Netherlands, but will be built in Damen’s South African yard. I believe they are set to replace our FPB 57 Laursen patrol Crafts. We Are repairing and replacing the patrol crafts and the big guys, our ears are twitching to know plans to replace the missile Covertes.

    • Giles says:

      why will d navy do dat when dey claim to hav d knw how to build boat of upto 50 meters in lenght

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Solorex,
      Was it always the plan to recapitalize the navy 1st, then the other branches of the military?

      • Solorex says:

        Oga Aso, I believe a lot is been done underground for all arms or the millitary, but these are testy political times and people are ready to make debacle out of every deal that is made open( some of those deals deserves a debacle though). So much is been procured that MOD even wanted reversion to the old style of MOD procuring for everybody for some officially ridiculous reasons. Most of all those issues of improper Soldiers Gears(night goggles),Ammo shortage, lack of APCs patrols,Poorly armed COIN aircraft using Strafe bombing…… are already a thing of the past ( technically) ,However it will take time for us to see-Serious care is been taken for Army induction and deployment of new platforms so that they don’t end up where they should not be or become use and dump-capacity is been developed before deployment. In 5 years we shall be second only to a few countries on this continent—-We just need to be patient while they come.

  6. beegeagle says:

    Thumbs up, Oga Solorex.

    I spent quite a while searching for K49 patrol boats. Given the strategic partnership between TP Marine and the NN and the similarity between a hitherto unknown K47 patrol craft and the K38 Combat Catamaran made by TP Marine, my search inevitably centred on TP Marine contracts. That was dead ended.

    Then realised that the K47 is a project codename for this particular Nigerian project ala the NN entering into a contract for the P18N variant of the Type 056 design.

    What finally woke me up to the reality is the fact that the naval brasshats mentioned EIGHT SHIPS…so it became clear that K47 are not just those speedboats but useful 47 metre Midshore Patrol Vessels.

    And Damen, like Intermarine of Italy, Lurssen of Germany and Vosper Thornycroft of the UK are one of those old partners in shipbuilding.

    Sure as can be, a few whispers have surely reached me confirming that the NN are expecting an impressive haul of five 47 metre MPVs.

  7. asorockweb says:

    A photo of the Damen Stan patrol vessel 4708

  8. G8T Nigeria says:

    8 ships means vessels above 50meters. Hope we see pictures soon. NNS ENCOUNTER is a vessel under Oil Marine Services OMS manned by the NN. I hope no lives were lost.

  9. G8T Nigeria says:

    There is an error oga beeg, I think they meant 8 Chinese fishing vessels have been

    • asorockweb says:

      “He added that navy personnel are also participating in internal security operations in Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and Yobe States.”

      I find it interesting that he didn’t mention Borno state – no SBS currently deployed in Borno ?

  10. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, they did seize 38 ships of which number, 8 were Chinese-owned vessels.

    But they also have a concurrent expectation of taking delivery of eight ships – a 3,250 ton NNS Okpabana, two stealth 1,800 ton OPVs and these five K47 ships.

    There would be a mistake if they did not not name three big ships which we know that they are slated to take delivery of and went further to reveal for the first time that we are expecting the delivery of five K47 ships.

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