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BEEG EAGLE -perspectives of an opinionated Nigerian male with a keen interest in Geopolitics, Defence and Strategic Studies
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  1. peccavi says:

    Nice boat.
    Unfortunately #Nigeria has just lost another battle in the media war
    I would suggest we begin the counter attack ourselves

    • Henry says:

      Oga peccavi it is imperative that we all do. These reports follow a laid down set pattern of disdain and bias the media in the west continue to report Africa and Nigeria in particular.

      Although the twitter handle of DHQ is active, and have responded to a similar story by daily independent, by releasing a press release. However, 1 billion press releases cannot and will not provide us with the sort of impact 1 photo would.

      The U.S military releases more than 300 images on a daily basis. The U.S navy releases at-least 30 images a day.

      What about the colombians, this 2014, the colombians have released closed to 1000 images.

      In the days(2013) the navy used to release images, those images did more for the navy than any amount of press conference they hosted. Siriusblack’s thread is another very good example. Funny thing with that thread was, the photos released on that thread, were copied from this blog and tweeted by the military(NAVY, presidency).

      They don’t have photos of their own equipment, so how then would they run an effective P.R?

      I agree we need to begin the counter attack ourselves, as an allegation against the military, affects every nigerian, and not just the military.

      When you continue to tell a lie over and over or over-exaggerate incidences, it begins to seem the truth.

  2. Henry says:

    In essence, instead of reacting to reports like a “sitting duck” or a “Runaway slave” on every occasion, be proactive, and always tell your story in a convincing manner.

    My annoyance is, we continue to deny allegations, without providing a permissible counter argument to back up our claims.

    Funny thing is, in a few months time, we’ll be back to this point, addressing this very same issues.

    Nigeria don tire persin sef.

  3. beegeagle says:

    NNS TIGER P740


    Gross tonnage 110 tons

    Year of build 1986


    Law Enforcement and Escort Vessel provided by Ocean Marine Services Ltd; formerly operated by the Hong Kong Marine Police until 2011.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Some PRIVATE Fast Intervention Security Vessels afloat in Nigeria today




  5. Solorex says:

    My Oga, Personally if feel distraught to see the vast number of these private security vessels in our waters-I think it is a policy error to allow all these private smallie vessels to operate in such a large number. This is a terrible model for PPP in the Naval defense sector. Well it provides a temporary immediate relief and help curb the activities of Pirates and Kidnappers on the short run,but the risks are enormous.

    Instead of these water vigilantes, we should just consider having a coastguard of moderate size-independent of the Navy. we can start with 2000 corps,with a cap of 5000 by law for the next decade. We can then insist PPP will only be by means of funding local acquisition of under 40m vessels to be jointly manned. We can also start with say 20 vessels between 30-40m.

    • Ola says:

      I second your opinion! Same thing I was going to comment on reading the story. It’s not a good sign, to be honest. What we need is the coast guards. They do not have to be the best trained or best paid to be formidable. We can see how the civil defence has been active in complementing the police and doing a lot of work in Nigeria today and I think that can be replicated in the maritime sector with the Nigerian Merchant navy.
      Let’s ask ourselves these questions, Could there not be a possibility of these private contractors colluding with senior naval personnel to sabotage the effort of the navy to grow in future so that they can stay in business? If the navy expands in future and decides to effectively patrol our waters, these private firms would be run aground, I dread the possibility of their current employees turning into pirates in future. They’d be much more difficult for the navy to tackle based on their wealth of experience on the operations of the navy and our water ways. Taking a cue from the banking industry and armed robbery, on some occasions, some armed robbers specialised in hijacking bullion vans for banks have actually confessed to working as escorts or drivers of such vehicles before, the navy should think of this in allowing the proliferation of private navy.
      Again, these private navies can actually be turned to potent political or secession instrument if some individuals or a geopolitical region chooses to do that.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Solorex my boss, you wan cause Kata kata ! If you create Nigerian Coast Guard, there will be no Navy left any more o ! 95% of our current naval fleet and air arm are all coast guard level. To avoid transferring them to a new coast guard, we can just change the name from navy to coast guard. We need to make our navy look like a real navy, Abuja FG, I beg, buy missile Frigates and Submarines for our navy now, these navy guys deserve the best of government support to become a missile armed navy once again.

  6. beegeagle says:

    Na so, Oga Solorex. Look at the size of these vessels. Some of our neighbours do not even operate naval patrol craft the size of MV AQUA PROTECTOR..Benin and Togo for instance. The other 65m MSC ship which is an ex-Irish OPV is larger than any ship in the Ghanaian naval inventory. So is there no cap on these things? I think something between the 32 metre and 45 metre size category is okay.

    Granted that these maritime security contractor(MSC) vessels are jointly crewed by NN personnel and that they invariably man the HMGs on board, the only fathomable reason why we are doing this is to pass on the operating costs to the MSC while ensuring the continuing serviceability of the platforms.

    Perhaps we need a Coast Guard tasked with oil facilities protection, ports security, delta creeks’ patrols, SAR and fisheries protection within a 35 nautical mile limit of our shoreline. This Coast Guard would be a 3,000-strong body of men, commanded by a Rear Admiral as Commandant General and assisted by three Maritime Area Overseers in the rank of Commodore.

    The rank structure should be a hybrid of the police and paramilitary systems – from Asst Maritime Superintendent to Deputy Maritime Superintendent, Maritime Superintendent, Chief Maritime Superintendent, Maritime Comptroller and Commandant. Those transferring to officer corps from the Police or paramilitary agencies should not exceed the age of 45 while officer cadets should be graduates aged 21-45 while candidates for the Maritime Inspectorate Cadre should be OND holders aged 21-35. The Coast Guard should be gazetted as a paramilitary agency.

    The Commandants would deputise the Commandant General in line operations at HQ ala branch chiefs….Operations, Admin, Logistics etc. The Coast Guard could be equipped with 12-39 metre platforms armed with 12.7mm and 14.5mm HMGs or 20mm cannons and be under the Interior Ministry during peacetime and the MoD in times of war. The Commodores and Rear Admiral would ideally have less than three years of service left before their run-out dates are attained.

    The NN can then concentrate on operating patrol craft over 20m, OPVs and fighting ships deployed for the purpose of undertaking deepsea patrols, FPSO protection and counterpiracy ops outside the 35nm arc and combat missions.

    Countries with similar military and security institutions which have since constituted Coast Guards include India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The Bangladesh Coast Guard which was formed in the mid-1990s presents a good template.


    A Nigerian Coast Guard could take off using elements drawn from NIMASA’s Maritime Guard Command, the Marine Police, Customs Marine Unit and naval NCOs who may not continue their careers in the NN.

    • Solorex says:

      I concur largely with your recommendation- but it think the arrangement for the first five years should be as you have said,but after five years- there should be full independence, transferring Police officers is also a no-no, we shall also be transferring corruption-may be a joint recruitment with the navy should be considered with partitioning after basic training, We may make it an highly professionalized/Hitech force by encouraging professionals by means of Short service. Korofo recruitment method should definitely be under emphasized.

      We wonder everyday how boko haram gets huge calibre AAAs,mortar,RPG and Co- one can only wonder what will happen, if the political climate becomes less favourable and people feel disenfranchised & someone starts putting 20mm MG and AAAs on a 30m-60m Security Vessel, crewed by people who knows the navy inside-out and starts raiding platforms! that will be big wahala-it better never happens! Water Bokos will be far worse than desert ones!

  7. beegeagle says:

    On the face of it, my proposal might seem disconcerting to the teeming naval followers of this blog. But my advocacy is steeped in the most noble of intentions.

    Right now, our NN is saddled with maritime warfare and law enforcement. Coincidentally, it has brought about the lowest ebb for the NN. Remember when a certain madam promised to do more for the NN if they justify themselves in 24m OCEA and 25m Shaldag craft. That summarises the fate of our dear NN today, no thanks to law enforcement duties. Let that be the purview of a paramilitary Coast Guard.

    When the NN had little or nothing to do with law enforcement in the 1970s and 1980s, here is what they got between 1973 and 1988.

    * four 32.8 metre Brooke Marine patrol craft

    * four 31 metre Abeking+Rasmussen patrol craft

    * two Vosper Thornycroft Mk.3 corvettes

    * two 1,800 ton Hippo-class Landing Ships (Tank)

    * two Vosper Thornycroft Mk.9 corvettes

    * three 58 metre Combattante III missile craft

    * three 58 metre Lurssen FPB 57 missile craft

    * the 3,360 ton frigate, NNS Aradu

    * two Lerici-class Mine Countermeasure Vessels

    The role of the NN was not confused in any way. She was a maritime warfare force. And all six 58 metre missile craft, some corvettes and both landing ships, for example, saw action between 1990 and 2000 in Liberia and Sierra Leone, undertaking shore bombardment tasks in support of the NA and enforcing naval blockades.

    In contrast, the most significant assets delivered to the NN over a similar fifteen-year period going back to 1999 have been

    * twenty one units of 17m Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral Interceptors

    * two 17m KND interceptors

    * three 24m OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II patrol craft

    * five 25 metre Shaldag Mk.II FPCs

    * one Made-in-Nigeria 31m patrol craft

    * one 32m OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft

    * two 38m Suncraft Sea Eagle Mk.II stealth Offshore Patrol Craft

    * four 1,041 ton Cat class multipurpose ships

    * one 3,250 ton NNS Thunder

    It seems to me that her involvement in law enforcement tasks is the reason why the offensive face of the NN has been completely eroded and it is about time that they went back to sea. Just compare the haul of platforms between 1973 and 1988 to that which has come to the NN between 1999 and 2014 and tell me that my suspicions are baseless.

    If the Coast Guard takes off, the FG can acquire all the assets of these maritime security companies for US$20 million. That would yield no less than thirty vessels in the 25-45m category and these should be used as start-up assets for the Coast Guard while the personnel of the MSCs should be integrated into the Coast Guard. The vessels which are over 40 metres should be handed to the NN.

    When we have a Coast Guard, we shall no longer witness the disagreeable spectacle whereby Commodores and Rear Admirals line up for the commissioning of mere 17m Littoral Interceptors.

    The NN need to leave the coast and get back to the high seas IF they hope to witness the kind of infusion of fighting ships which we knew them for in the 1980s. It is as straightforward as that.

    • Augustine says:

      Excellent Oga Beegeagle, you just removed all my fears and I am sure our navy friends on this blog will understand you too. This idea will reposition our beloved navy as a combat capable blue water force which it was in the 1980s, but now is no more.

      All funds budgeted for the navy in such a new arrangement will be strictly for buying combat weapons for blue water and brown water warfare, and the heavy burden of spending money on patrol vessels purchase, maintenance, and daily fuel/diesel will become the headache of Coast Guard and federal government.

      Our dear navy will have less cash constraints and less distraction chasing pirates around. Nigerian navy will become a powerful force to be feared by any enemy that sails on water.

      Onward together !

  8. AreJames says:

    Historically, every country’s navy as always been a national power projection vehicle, Spain, England, Portugal, France in the old days conquered colonies and spearheaded armada invasions of each other using powerful navies . It is not surprising that the NN pressured everybody in power and have provided a legal key for themselves to muscle in on onshore oil and gas facility security stuff.These escort services and miscellaneous guard duties should be expunged from the Navy Act. There is something pedestrian about using a navy to guard stuff when there is marine police. As for the privately contracted boats, this is the way to go because they provided a service and some ”cost avoidance” mechanism to ensure we have the security services we need without spending upfront money on new construction boats which would have been contendig for funds that should go for destroyers and submarines.

  9. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, need I add that NIMASA probably own another thirty NEW boats and patrol craft in the 18-30m category, all acquired since 2012 and most from ARESA of Spain which can be used as start-up assets for the suggested Coast Guard.

    So we already have a pool of about sixty units of 18-40 metre patrol boats and craft owned by NIMASA and the MSCs from which a well-equipped Coast Guard can emerged…more if the patrol assets of the Inland Waterways Authortity are added to the pool.

  10. beegeagle says:

    Back to the NNS Tiger, the patrol craft belongs to a series which in Hong Kong Marine Police service until 2011 and were known as the “LAUNCH 80 series”. That means they are almost certainly 80ft long (about 26 metres) the Nigerian MSC which acquired them is known
    as OCEAN MARINE SERVICES. A minimum of FOUR of these ex-Chinese assets were acquired and I believe those to be as follows


    Well, these are useful acquisitions to the extent that they are 26m patrol craft. It might interest you to know that the OCEA FPB 72 Mk.IIs of the NN are 24 metre assets while the Shaldag Mk.II Fast Patrol Craft are 25 metre platforms.

    Given the fact that there might be ten more available units where this LAUNCH 80 patrol craft came from and bearing in mind the warming Sino-Nigerian naval ties, the NN could ask the Chinese Govt for the transfer of all ten EDAs. It might not cost us US$50,000 apiece to have each unit refurbished. That way, the NN can close out the requirement for this category of platforms until 2025 and thus be able to pursue higher aspirations namely, new and used corvettes and frigates.

    Expect to see a photo of this quartet of platforms quayside at Port Harcourt within 24 hours.



  11. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, need I add that NIMASA probably own another thirty NEW boats and patrol craft in the 18-30m category, all acquired since 2012 and most from ARESA of Spain which can be used as start-up assets for the suggested Coast Guard.

    So we already have a pool of about sixty units of 18-40 metre patrol boats and craft owned by NIMASA and the MSCs from which a well-equipped Coast Guard can emerged…more if the patrol assets of the Inland Waterways Authortity are added to the pool.

  12. beegeagle says:

    It might interest you to know that these stealth missile craft costs a mere US$8 million.

    ON February 17, 2012 at 9;35PM, BEEGEAGLE WROTE AS FOLLOWS;


    40 metre MISSILE CRAFT



    5 Jan 2012


    The Indonesian Navy plans to acquire 24 guided-missile fast boats to be deployed in shallow waters in the western part of the country, a top Navy officer said on Wednesday.

    Assistant for planning to the Navy chief of staff, Rear Adm. Sumartono, said the Navy had confirmed the order for the 24 patrol boats. “When we will buy them depends on the Defense Ministry’s financial ability,” he told reporters. “They will be deployed in the western part of Indonesia and in North Sulawesi.”

    Sumartono was speaking at the sidelines of a visit by Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin to privately-owned shipyard PT Palindo Marine’s facilities in Tanjung Uncang, Batam, in Riau Islands. The company has delivered two guided- missile fast boats, KRI Clurit and KRI Kujang, to the Navy and is working on a third boat.

    Each boat, worth Rp 73 billion(US$7.98 million), has a top speed of 30 knots.

    Palindo director Harmanto said the production of the boats was 45 percent locally sourced. “We use special steel from state-owned steelmaker PT Krakatau Steel for the bows and hull,” he said.

    The 40-meter boats come with Chinese C705 anti-ship missiles with a range up to 120 kilometers, a six-barrel 30mm close-in weapons system and two 20-millimeter guns.


    • Are James says:

      Just $8million?. We should by 40pieces. Do a joint venture with Indonesia and manufacture some here all done with China EXIM financing. IOf you tell them you will use Chinese steel beams and plates they will sign the dotted lines so fast it will seem like a stamp.

  13. jimmy says:

    Ijust feel A LITTLE BIT QUEASY about the whole thing is this the coast guard through the back door.
    The navy has a lot on it’s hands but I hope the security of Nigerian” shallow waters is not being trusted to Non- Nigerians.

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