Some of the Nigerian Navy ships which participated in the joint drills are pictured above. On the left of your screen is a 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Mk.II stealth Offshore Patrol Craft, built to a German design and commissioned in 2009. Next is the newest vessel in the Nigerian Navy’s inventory, a 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II Fast Patrol Craft, NNS Dorina P101, which was commissioned in March 2014.
A ship-borne Agusta A109e Power helicopter of the Nigerian Navy Air Arm takes off from the Chinese PLA Navy’s guided missile frigate “Yancheng”
A 38 metre Suncraft Sea Eagle Mk.II stealth Offshore Patrol Craft (foreground) is followed by a 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft
GULF OF GUINEA
May 29, 2014 (ChinaMil)
The 16th Chinese naval escort taskforce and the Nigerian Navy held an anti-piracy joint drill at the Gulf of Guinea on May 27,2014, local time.This is the first anti-piracy joint drill of the Chinese and Nigerian navies,and also the Chinese Navy’s first maritime joint drill with a foreign navy at the Gulf of Guinea.
The Chinese side assigned guided missile frigates “Yancheng” and “Luoyang”, comprehensive supply ship “Taihu”, one ship-borne helicopter and some special operation members to this joint drill, while the Nigerian side sent three patrol boats, two helicopters and 10 special operation members.
The joint drill was conducted in two phases. In the first phase,the Nigerian side observed the 16th Chinese naval escort taskforce conducting such subjects as ship defense, taskforce maneuvering and sailing replenishment.
In the second phase, the Chinese and Nigerian navies conducted the joint anti-piracy drill covering taskforce navigation, joint ship-boarding and inspection, light weapon firing, and helicopter landing on the ship.
Before the drill concluded, the Nigerian Rear Admiral Ilesanmi Alade who observed on the “Yancheng” frigate spoke highly of Chinese navy’s professional performance, saying that the two sides have a solid foundation for military cooperation. He hoped that this drill will further deepen the understanding and friendship between the two sides and enhance their military coordination and anti-piracy capability.
The joint drill concluded in success at 16:30 of May 27, 2014, local time. The 16th Chinese naval escort taskforce ended its four-day-long goodwill visit to Nigeria and headed for Cameroon to continue its visit.