AN ARRAY OF FOUR CONTRACTOR-MANAGED, EX-CHINESE 26 METRE ‘LAUNCH 80’ PATROL CRAFT OF THE NIGERIAN NAVY PHOTOGRAPHED AT PORT HARCOURT (WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTO)

These patrol craft belong to a series which were 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 maritime security contractor 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

NNS SWORD
NNS STORM
NNS VISION
NNS TIGER

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.

This May 2013 photograph was shot at the OMS Jetty at NNS Pathfinder and was most graciously made available to me by the CEO of a leading global consultancy (arguably the numero uno in their field) with interests in maritime security and trade and who follows this blog.

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  1. beegeagle says:

    PRIOR INCARNATION AS HONG KONG MARINE POLICE PLATFORMS

    BACKGROUNDER

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Region

  2. peccavi says:

    Sorry, off topic again

    Channel 4 Dispatches: Nigeria’s Hidden War: A response.

    On Monday 18th August 2014, the Channel 4 aired a documentary alleging a pattern of serious abuse against Nigerian citizens allegedly by or with the collusion of the Nigerian security forces based on several videos and alleged eye witness accounts of terrible crimes perpetrated. Whilst this observer wholeheartedly condemns the heinous and shameful acts highlighted, it would appear that no right of reply was given to the Nigerian Security Forces on the ground in the documentary and the context of the conflict whilst mentioned was generally glossed over. It is thus important to respond.

    Context:
    The conflict in North Eastern Nigeria is not a popular uprising against the state neither is it a deliberate campaign by the Nigerian Government or security forces against a particular section of the population, it is a deliberate and targeted war against the Nigerian people by a group of such barbarity that they regularly murder school children in their dormitories, detonate bombs in crowded markets, bus stations and schools, abduct young girls as sex slaves and camp followers and young men as forced conscripts. They burn villages, decapitate and shoot civilians and burn their farms and starve them by stealing their foodstuffs.

    They have no clear objectives beyond demanding an imposition of their version of Sharia Law on Northern Nigeria and the rest of the country. As neither Northern Nigeria, Nigerian Islam nor Nigeria as a whole is monolithic or monotheistic and Boko Harams individual brand of Yusufiyya Islam considers Shia, Izala, Sunni Orthodox, Tijaniyya and just about any Islamic teaching that is not exclusively theirs to be heresy and apostasy, it is unclear what exactly they would do with Nigeria or Northern Nigeria much less Christians or their fellow Muslims if they ever achieved these aims.

    Thus Nigeria is facing a group that uses extreme violence indiscriminately against civilians both at home and abroad (Cameroun, Chad, Niger) for no achievable end and the only thing that stands in their way are the Nigerian security forces and civilian volunteers.
    This is not an apologia for the terrible crimes shown; Nigerians deserve and should get better. It is however important to understand the context of the conflict and address several questionable allegations in the documentary.

    Vigilantes:
    The vigilantes shown and interviewed in the documentary were neither recruited nor initially organised by the State or Federal Governments. They were a spontaneous reaction to the attacks and depredations of Boko Haram. Neither are they a tribal or sectarian group set up to dominate another group. Just like the inhabitants of the North East and the core members of Boko Haram they are almost all Muslims, Hausas, Fulanis or Kanuris. It is instructive that rather than finding common cause with their tribesmen and coreligionists these youth threw in their lot with the secular democratic government.

    These untrained youths banded together to defend their communities against the murderous attacks of Boko Haram. And without pay or training and armed only with sticks and machetes are willingly facing a brutal enemy armed with assault rifles, machine guns and RPGs.

    Unfortunately courage and conviction are not body armour and the vigilantes have taken significant casualties in their efforts. The trauma of their experiences and lack of training and discipline is demonstrated in their unsophisticated interrogation and investigation practices, however as the documentary shows the Nigerian Army has clearly tried to rein them in with codes of conduct and the Borno State Government has tried to regularise them with the Borno State Youth
    Empowerment Scheme (BOYES) by paying them (roughly £60.00 a month), giving them uniforms and training (with an emphasis on civics and the law). There have been several intakes totalling about 1,700 people but obviously it is a slow process to train so many people especially in conflict conditions.

    It can also be seen in the clip of the pregnant woman captured with AK47 ammunition that whilst there was mistreatment there were also strong dissenting voices heard trying to prevent her from being beaten. Contrast this with Boko Haram who had no compunction about giving a pregnant woman with an infant child live ammunition to transport across a conflict zone or using 10 year old girls as suicide bombers.

    Extra judicial killings:
    there were several videos of extra judicial killings in the documentary. It is the opinion of this observer that there is no excuse under any circumstance to murder a prisoner be they civilian or insurgent.

    However it is important to weigh up the balance of evidence.

    Boko Haram is well documented in their use of military uniforms and captured weapons and equipment in their attacks. The GSS Chibok escapees all stated that their attackers were dressed in uniform and rode in military style vehicles and the ruse was only discovered when they began burning the school and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.

    There is countless evidence from Bama, Marte, Gwoza, Gamboru Ngala, Damaturu and more that Boko Haram routinely masquerade as soldiers and utilise captured equipment and weapons, in many cases deceiving villagers who lowered their defences only to be massacred and even in some cases deceiving military personnel as the attack on Buni Yadi in May 2014 shows.
    Boko Haram is also adept at filming these crimes to either make propaganda videos or disseminate virally in order to terrify the populace into submission.

    The different police, military and other paramilitary forces in Nigeria have different uniforms thus it is difficult for a seasoned observer much less a villager to categorically identify Nigerian Army uniforms and members. Except in the cases where unit flashes can be discerned there is no evidence that these were actually Nigerian security personnel.

    Deliberate policy:

    another allegation made was that the pattern of abuses indicated that they were part of a deliberate policy that were ordered by the chain of command. This is extremely unrealistic. Unlike Boko Haram which proudly boasts of its murders and murderous intentions, the documentary itself shows grainy mobile phone video of a Colonel telling the vigilantes not to commit excesses. In the majority the people perpetrating these actions are in mixed dress, for example wearing bathroom slippers and T shirts with camouflage trousers etc, indicating they could either be imposters using whatever bits of uniform they could scrounge or at worst off duty personnel. In the only clips where ranks are identifiable only the 2 stars of a Lieutenant are visible, indicating that these were more likely the isolated actions of a platoon, than an organised division or Army wide activity.

    The death of escaped prisoners from Giwa Barracks is given as evidence of a concerted policy of summary executions, however except for one clip of an execution most of the video and still photos consisted of piles of bodies. When Boko Haram attacked Giwa Barracks they deliberately advanced through civilians areas, detonating an IED at the University of Maiduguri to draw Nigerian forces away from the barracks and fighting through Dolori Housing Estate as Boko Harams own videos show. When the counter attack began, Boko Haram withdrew from the barracks again through civilian areas like Fori, 202 Housing Estate and the University of Maiduguri, deliberately using the high walls of civilian compounds and narrow alleyways to mask their withdrawal from soldiers and aircraft. A large proportion of the fatalities that day were people caught in the cross fire due to Boko Harams deliberate tactic of advancing and withdrawing through heavily populated areas.

    That there might have been summary executions as claimed cannot be completely discounted however, using the high casualty count or uncorroborated images and testimony to claim that these were deliberately ordered actions is unreasonable.

    As can be seen from the most damning clip, (featuring the individual identified as Haruna/ Harrison), the voices in the background state ‘Na so them they do us (This is what they do to us)’. This would indicate that the perpetrators were not acting on orders but were motivated by revenge for the murder of own forces by Boko Haram.

    One must remember that armies are made up of human beings, some of whom will do criminal things and as the trial and conviction of a Royal Marine Sergeant for the murder of an injured Talib and US Staff Sergeant Bales who murdered 16 Afghan civilians in Afghanistan demonstrate that even in highly trained, disciplined armies with strict Law of Armed Conflict training and procedures, atrocities are possible. Much the same as Abu Ghraib, Camp Breadbasket or other scandals should not be used to define the US or British Army, it would be incorrect to use this video to categorise the entire Security Force effort in North Eastern Nigeria.

    Conclusion:

    The Boko Haram insurgency in North East Nigeria is a human tragedy of terrifying scale, with civilians subject to abduction, rape and murder by Boko Haram with no mercy, discrimination or proportionality shown by Boko Haram and no objective other than to cause mass casualties.
    The Nigerian police and armed forces bear the brunt of the effort to counter them. A conventionally trained force has had to deploy and re organise to fight an extremely brutal insurgency in difficult terrain in which no quarter is given by Boko Haram, where defeat or surrender means not just death by decapitation but the murder of innocent civilians under their care.

    The huge expanse of terrain that needs to be secured and isolated hamlets defended leaves many units isolated and left to their own devices. The stress on the junior leaders upon whom these responsibilities fall can scarcely be imagined.

    It is unfortunately inevitable that there will be excesses and abuses in all conflicts and even more in wars amongst the people for the people and much the same way there will be perpetual allegations some true and others untrue, as the UKs recent Bloody Sunday, Danny Boy and Baha Moussa Enquiries show.

    This does not in any way condone or excuse these crimes, no professional soldier or policeman should permit the maltreatment of civilians, suspects or prisoners
    However the case that these crimes were perpetrated by or with the collusion of the Nigerian Security Forces is not definitively proven and for Channel 4, Amnesty International et al to jump hastily to such a conclusion, rather than give the Nigerian Government an opportunity to thoroughly investigate these allegations, establish the truth and ensure there is full accountability by the guilty whoever they are, not help the Nigerian citizens or security forces in the North East

    As stated at the start of this piece, this is not a conflict of choice, it is not a conflict of one section of the population against another or the government. It is a brutal, merciless war against the people and the state by a group with no raison d’etre except to cause as many casualties as possible
    To end the suffering of the people of the North East, Nigeria must defeat Boko Haram. This must be done legally and with humanity, but the solution to these problems is the defeat of Boko Haram.

    http://peccaviconsulting.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/channel-4-dispatches-nigerias-hidden-war-a-response/

  3. doziex says:

    Nigeria is basically fighting our own version of ISIS.
    BH is every bit as brutal.

    If channel 4 of UK, and the US state dept, and Amnesty international high light abuses by the nigerian army, with out giving a sufficient context to the sort of war being waged, they are aiding and abating BH and it’s atrocities.

    First give BH the publicity you are giving ISIS, then judge NA’s alleged atrocities in that context.

    Just don’t talk about the Chibok girls, and nothing else.

    The BBC has the audacity to ask if nigerians are too sensitive about our image.

    You Damn right !! Sherlock. With the constant negative stories BBC bombards the world with about nigeria, and they wonder why ?.

    Keep dancing around whatever is uplifting about nigeria and nigerians which their is plenty off, and just keep your biased emphasis on the negative.

  4. Prinx Arthur says:

    sorry for off topic
    President Obama’s administration
    is requesting $720,892,000 as
    foreign aid for Nigeria for the
    2015 fiscal year. 63 per cent of
    this is being sought for dealing
    with HIV-AIDS; the largest sector
    request.
    As of 2012, the prevalence rate
    of the Human Immunodeficiency
    Virus (HIV) in Nigeria, among
    adults aged 15–49 was 3.1
    percent. The country has been
    described as having the second
    largest number of individuals
    living with HIV – the virus that
    causes AIDS.
    Foreign assistance requests are
    originally made by the American
    “president’s administration, not
    individual countries, before being
    submitted to” the United States
    (US) Congress.
    To help you understand how
    money given to other countries
    by the US is spent, GlobalPost
    used data from the US State
    Department to generate a series
    of charts showing all the requests
    for foreign aid made by the US
    government for the 2015 fiscal
    year.
    Nigeria remains Africa’s largest
    recipient of US donor aid.
    source: businessdayonline.com/2014/08/60156/

  5. Henry says:

    ****BREAKING,

    According to vanguardngr.com, boko-haram militants are walking freely in Buni Yadi in yobe state.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Henry, tins dey wawa pass dat o. I dey get field report for now, may not last long from field contact, he needs to be alive to send info, plus fear of ‘shut up orders’…but field say the whole NE suburban and rural areas center no dey hold again on different spots at different times, not all at once, but the tin don become tom and jerry. The tin dey spring here, we suppress, the tin appear yonder in another state. Pardon my pidgin, na code, oyinbo dey read dis blog.

      I warned in May/June that this war will go kata kata unless we have heavy firepower garrisons all over NE zone with rapid response reinforcement able to arrive to aid any besieged garrison in 20 minutes.

      I get some photos, he bad o! Kill 20 Boko, new 40 show face in one week, Boko don turn to Chinese. Tactics alone no go win dis thing o, new fast vehicles, need light and fast speed medium armour now, and all the special guns we dey shout for since, plus helicopters for assault, attack, medic evac, resupply, etc must flow like water on our side.

      From report wey I get, current equip no go fit win dis war o, na like dis we go dey dey for years o. Pardon my pidgin, dan bature dey read blog.

      Our boys try, sugbon khaki no be leather, dem Bokos don plenty like chinese o, no fancy weapon, buy plenty AKs. RPG surplus, AAA on trucks follow, large numbers, solid motivation and detrmination. Dem capture some of our omo iya, won de maa pa won ni.

      THINGS F*** APAR* AND THE CENT** ****OT HOL* IN MANY AREAS.

      Garrison no dey, materials dey short supply. NA dey recruit, Bokos recruit pass by ratio comparison.

      Over and out.

      • doziex says:

        Chief, It’s sad. Today, I wish events would turn out to prove me wrong, but the fact is, as the archives of this blog can testify, I said these things were bound to happen.

        We are beginning to reach that tipping point, when a whole lot can go wrong in a hurry.

        Not out of glee, but for the sake of accountability, I would revisit some of my predictions.

        (1) As soon as I joined this blog in 2011, I started warning about BH morphing from crude bombs to technical aka AA mounted gun trucks.
        It stood to reason, that Nigerian insurgents would easily pick up the prevailing mode of combat in neighboring chad , mali and far off sudan and Somalia.

        I warned that without adequate investment in air assets and stand off ATGMs, NA would not be able to cope.

        The inter blogger fights, debates and name callings, remains a matter of record on this blog.

        (2) I said, when BH morphs into a mobile strike force with it’s technicals, garrisons, FOBs, Check points, towns and Bases will fall to them.

        (3) I among many called for Close Air Support assets, and MRAPs/APCs/TANKS for NA to maintain aggressive patrols and deny BH the initiative.

        (4) With air assets coming in trickles, or slow in arrival, I warned that BH might soon attain the strength, to EXPEL the 7th division from the tri-states of northeastern Nigeria.

        (5) More recently, I warned that if our leaders in Abuja continues with this reckless, inexplicable slumber, BH would soon reach “break out ” strength, and launch a dramatic assault on Abuja ISIS style.

        (6) The availability of our air assets, is the only yard stick we can use to judge the seriousness of GEJ’s government in waging this war.

        Mr. President, please do your part. We already know what your opponents are doing, and would hold them to account, But as commander in chief, you have to do your part.

        CIC is a singular title, the lion share of the blame will fall on your shoulders.

        A corrupt finance ministry that wouldn’t release funds with out a kick back, corruption in the MOD or military brass, do not suffice as an excuse to let our troops fight without adequate supplies and weaponry.

        Sir, you must take singular responsibility for the conduct of this war. Because believe me history would hold you alone responsible for what others may have done.

      • Akin Oges says:

        Oga doziex, gbagaun (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) to the last four paragraphs.

      • peccavi says:

        Oga DOziex, yes you were right but whether for the right reasons is another question, there is no military logic as to how Boko Haram is able to mass forces in this manner, take territory and not be destroyed with artillery and air strikes.
        I will say now what I said then. Everything we need to win is already in country, it is simply a matter of pooling resources and getting them properly in place. Not that we shouldn’t or couldn’t get more but helicopters, vehicles and manpower are there.
        Personally from what is happening we need massive retraining at all levels, commanders keep getting outfought by BH and even our one clear advantage overwhelming firepower from air and artillery does not seem to be effective.
        To be honest the entire thing dey tire me, especially the VVIP aircraft thing, I really can’t fathom that. Hopefully as has been suggested they are for other purposes

      • Henry says:

        Chief Augustine, dat na the problem we all dey see. At the pace they regenerate is the most disturbing aspect of this conflict.

        We don allow this thin fester for too long, play politics with am, now see wetin we come dey see.

      • Are James says:

        He don bad like dis?. Who dey pump money into these ting?

  6. Henry says:

    You’re right on the money Oga Doziex. However, we have to also take into consideration the political interest the west have, invested in Iraq is more important than in nigeria.

    So it isn’t unusual the west would report nigeria in the same narrow, biased and draconian manner we have all come to expect. They invested a lot in Iraq, in other not to look like failures they report the Crisis in Iraq in the most open manner as possible.

    I mean, the United states and british direct support and arming of militants in syria played a major role in the absolute rise of ISIS. This is an undeniable fact.

    For us in Nigeria, it is left for the Nigerian government to be seen to be doing all in it’s powers to curtail BH. It doesn’t build the confidence of the people of nigeria or the military, to read reports of orders of 40 helicopters, yet we only get to actually see VIP and VVIP transports.

    I do not doubt nigerian military reports of dead terrorists, neither do why think they are exaggerated or over-exaggerated. I’ve seen “enough” to clear any doubts I have or might have.

    My problem is, how is it they’re still able to reimburse their ranks in such a quick manner.

    In all, it is left for nigerians to push our side of this insurgency in a clear, efficient manner in other to counter these rising reports of broad day light blackmail.

    • peccavi says:

      Thanks Ogas,
      Please push as far as you can or write your own rejoinders.
      Even if we cant fight we can push back against these things rather than complaining.

      Oga Henry: they regenerate from Cameroun and Niger, also from Central African Republic, nomads, robbers and rebels from these countries as well as youths from Quaranic schools

      • Are James says:

        Follow the money you will discover a lot. Somebody is feeding these boys and giving them guarantees of family support back home. SSS, NIA, DMI should do their work …the more recruits BH have, the easier they are to be penetrated. As for border surveillance, the NAF leadership has shown us where their priorities are so we are not expecting any good news from that area.

  7. asorockweb says:

    Unrelated info:
    France armed Syrian rebels “a few months ago”

    http://www.thelocal.fr/20140821/france-armed-syrian-rebels-months-ago

    I wonder why the sudden revelation; has video of ISIL with French weapons showing up on YouTube?

  8. Henry says:

    Oga Peccavi, this is a major problem. I don’t know, if our Political class understand the severity of the problem we’re currently facing.

    I’m left bewildered by the speed with which these terrorists regenerate their ranks.

    Oga Beeg, any idea if. F.G.N has placed orders for Proforce Leopard ACV’s? I’m currently looking at a few chadian armoured vehicles, they look exactly like the Proforce leopard ACV, did Proforce sell to them?

    • Augustine says:

      Oga doziex, you and I wish those your two predictions don’t ever happen, but they did. Sad, so sad.

      Mazi doziex, I pray your advice to the president gets to him, C-in-C is only one man’s title and his name is attached to it, he gets the blame for what others do. True as you said.

      National pride and policy won’t allow us ask men with track record like Colonel Eben Barlow do PMC stuff in Nigeria, but can’t the president covertly contract him as his own personal war operations technical adviser for advisory role only? Not sure if our military top brass are not using their knowledge advantage to dribble president Jonathan for their own financial and career gains.

      Take finance minister to see NE war zone and she will release all the money you want for war, but to prevent corruption from swallowing it up, ALL equipment/weapons purchase should be made public, cost/prices per unit, number of units, time for delivery, name of supplier. All prices must be verifiable on internet by google search, or else you will buy more baseline stripped down Cobra APC at the price of multi-purpose fully equipped fully loaded full option versions. Them go buy us Cobra APC that has no simple smoke dispenser at the price the one that has anti-tank missile launcher and remote controlled automatic 20mm cannon weapon station.

      Na today?

      • Augustine says:

        Oga Peccavi, thumbs up for your write-up on channel 4. Wish Brig.Olukolade can copy paste in on his twitter page.

        Hey, Nigerian army should also use Facebook to spread it’s PR messages and use ingenious ways to make it go viral by adding some you tube videos of war zone.

        Am just thinking aloud sha.

      • Augustine says:

        Time to close Nigeria’s NE borders to non-military traffic along NE war zone. No be so Ebola enter? The Boko-ISIS infantry trooping in now plenty like Vietnamese fanatics.

        All governors in Arewa land must sponsor regular radio jingles in local languages warning that Boko recruitment is not for Islam, but for crimes. Na dis one go show which governor dey our side. Announce it, na Arewa people carry FM radio pass anybody, trademark namu ne..tare da torchlight fa. gaskiya ! We no dey shame. Our people go hear the warning round the clock.

      • Are James says:

        The President needs to develop a Youth Empowerment Program for the entire NE.
        N10k a month to learn modern farming techniques, English language and a technical trade over a three month period. Open only to unmarried men between 18 and 30. Schools to be sited in heavily fortified ‘green zones’ run by NAEME and DMI and NA resettlement centre trades schools. This should not be seen as an economic empowerment program but a military intelligence one. You need (I) intelligence (ii) critical mass of young people getting involved in economic activities and (iii) an alternative to hateful religious programming.

  9. Makanaky says:

    I can bet that one of our most senior military officer is aiding this Boko Boys with very sensitive information, they seem to pinpoint where our asset have been diverted, probably the inaction of our military is based on their advice. Even with just one Alpha jet the Boko boys were suppose to panic and don’t work around freely.
    When Ihejerika was still in charge, there was containment to an extent ? so what is happening now ?

    • Are James says:

      A senior military officer or group of officers.

    • Are James says:

      BH by orientation was not originally a highly ‘intelligent’ group. Over the last eight months however they have suddenly developed a suspicious ‘agility’ and are now operating in permanent proactive mode to counter expected offensives by the Nigerian military before they are launched. But as they say ….”Monkey smart monkey smart na because tree dey near tree”. The audacious seizure of territory was meant to taunt. Mounting of the sect’s flags and the clever spin off of resources from ongoing battle to attack weakly defended towns could not have been conceived without some guiding intelligence neither could it have been achieved without inside information. It will be interesting to see how things pan out when the NAF commences more intense surveillance (I hope we are prepared for the operational cost) and powerful strike missions.

  10. doziex says:

    BH is finally giving NA the opportunity NA supposedly wanted.

    Like many insurgent groups, they have gotten so strong, they want to take territory, then stand and fight.

    They have presented NA with a conventional war scenario, where NA should have the advantage, or gain the advantage in a hurry.

    Look at the war in Ukraine, inspite of moskow’s meddling, and supply of sophisticated weapons and fighters to the rebel cause, the slow rolling conventional might of the Ukrainian army is slowly and steadily winning territory from the rebels.

    The Grad rockets (BM-21) and the Artillery (130 mm guns) of the Ukrainians cannot be denied, even though Russian BUK-M1s SAMs and Kornet ATGMs have curtailed the activities of Ukraine’s Jets, helicopters and armor.

    So now that BH have held on to Gwoza for some weeks now, and repulsed NA’s attempts to retake the town, and Buni Yadi has fallen, NA needs a national salvation strategy.

    I say it again, this is no longer about NA’s reputation. Stop wasting energy in hiding unpleasant news, just devote yourselves entirely to crushing BH.

    So we need NA’s Bofor 155mm guns.
    We need our Palmaria self propelled guns.

    NA needs to purchase grad rockets or BM-21 from the illegal Libyan market, or officially from Belarus, Ukraine or Russia.

    Likewise, like sudan, we need strike su-24 jets, attack su-25 jets and mi-24s plus upgrades the Russians are currently selling as they upgrade their ORBAT.

    T-72Ms, T-90s, BMP-2 IFVs, BTR-80 APCs, south African gila and cougar MRAPs, as many ZSU-23-4 Shilkas as we can get,
    ZSU-23-2 AAs mounted on our own trucks, 107 mm MBRLs, also mounted on our Ford ranger trucks,
    50 mm caliber sniper rifles for our snipers and special forces, Kornet or the Chinese red arrow ATGMs.

    Ex german Bo 105s with night vision and rocket pods, spend some money on 40 plus MI-17V5s for troop transport.

    How far with the A30 Tucanos ?

    And of course advisers, we need them. Our army is falling apart.

    See how American advisers, weapons and air power is stemming the onslaught of ISIS in Iraq, by stabilizing the Iraqi military and the Kurdish peshmega.

    The American’s wouldn’t send advisers to embed with NA for so called human rights issues.

    So who will ? I doubt if the UK is that interested, neither is france.

    So we are on our own. We either hire existing private ones, or we make ’em appear outta thin air.

    NA should reequip from their bases in southern and central Nigeria, then crush BH with all their sympathizers in a northern thrust.

    The more dominant we let BH become on the battle field, the more they supplant the existing authorities in northern Nigeria.

    Soon, as I predicted on this blog years ago, the emirs, the politicians and wielders of influence in northern Nigeria would have to submit to a militarily ascendant BH, or die.

    Then we would truly have a war between the civilizations in Nigeria.

    • Are James says:

      The example from the Americans also is that precision strikes with 500kg /1 ton bombs and air to ground rockets and missiles actually works against entrenched insurgents. This should provoke some thinking in our military leadership. Until the combat aircraft with these capability actually arrive our highly skilled field gunners and mortar men should take up the challenge. We have a number of good SPs in inventory that should be deployed at short notice to the NE to facilitate quick counteraction to the highly mobile and constantly improvising enemy.

      • peccavi says:

        I disagree.
        The air strikes by themselves did not dislodge ISIS, attacks by the Peshmerga ad Iraqi conventional forces, SF and Shia militias are pushing them back.
        Air power is only decisive when properly used.

      • doziex says:

        Gentlemen, Whether it is the americans in Iraq, the French in mali or the Kenyans in southern Somalia, precision airstrikes and helicopter missile strikes is the preferred way of dealing with these very mobile and dangerous Technicals aka A.A mounted gun trucks.

        BH now has them possibly in the hundreds, in addition to the trucks and APC they have captured from NA or the Cameroonians.
        God Forbid they start mounting even heavier caliber A.A guns on their vehicles like ISIL, or like the Libyan rebels, they mount 107 mm MBRLs on the back of their 4×4’s.

        NAF needs Tucanos, Mi-24/35s, SU-25s etc to take out these contraptions from the sky.

        We also need the BM-21 grad MBRLS (122mm) to bathe seized towns like gwoza in before our troops attempt to retake them.

        The ground troops should just be mopping up, the real damage should come from our air and artillery assets.

        This would keep our casualties to the bare minimum.

  11. makanaky says:

    @Doziex my brother we have more than enough to crush those idiots ! something is amiss somewhere.

  12. beegeagle says:

    Oga Doziex, do you really mean all this elaboration about Kenya and southern Somalia? Looks like they are starting to buy into your hype and possibly tired of writing fiction about acquisitions of F15s, they have gone on to sending SF mentors to help you guys out in Mali?

    Take am easy abeg.

    http://www.eastafrican.userboard.net/t250p300-kenya-defence-forces-kdf

  13. beegeagle says:

    To be sure, the USA had been attacking targets in southern Somalia even before the Kenyans came in and they did not stop thereafter either. Let us be careful not to mix apples and oranges. NAF nuh dey try but haba, na Kenya Air Force we wan dey use do peer review for French Air Force now?

    Anyway, na Nigerian Air Force dey undo themselves. “Fish rotten, na im mek worm fit enta mouth”.

    http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2012/02/22/get-the-data-somalias-hidden-war/

    http://www.m.scmp.com/news/world/article/1414879/us-missile-strike-southern-somalia-targets-al-shebab-militant-leader

  14. beegeagle says:

    @Are James.

    Yeah…lots of fiction writing goes on there as well. Once upon a time, I was invited to that place to join “like minds”. The anti-Nigerianism was relentless so I passed up the needless encumbrance but not before introducing the place to the great SBM, a global airforces aficionado. He also apparently lost his appetite when he found people talking seriously about phantom acquisitions of F15 jets. Reason why no growth has taken place and obscurity rules there.

    Somehow they never discuss their own issues because window dressing is a way of life even as terror attacks are on the increase in their land. The way you and I would post ill reports from Gwoza or a terror attack in Abuja, you will never find that on that forum instead reading Nigerian newspapers and hyperventilating about what they know little of is a convenient way of forgetting one’s own challenges. They would rather make up feel good stories. Did the British not evacuate their nationals from Mombasa earlier this year? Has that happened anywhere in Nigeria yet? We are unravelling and they are OK…or so they imagine. And oh, all of them on that forum bar none visit this blog everyday.

    Talk about removing the beam in another man’s eyes while yours is in place. The Mwaura guy visits here everyday and has been trying to get on this blog to publicise his dawdling KARANJAZ PLACE blog. Not really needed here. His kind are adept at running down everyone and everything. To try and pull someone down, you invariably have to be beneath them. That is the summation. Go figure.

    Fancy someone sending KDF Special Forces to advice the Nigerian military on deployment in northern Mali which is larger than all of Kenya yet they need Israeli and multinational Western help to clear a shopping mall..lol. I think they got carried away by that one-time foray into Somalia, haven been home-bound for so long. A cheeky President Museveni once obliquely referred to them as a “parade ground army”, didn’t he? The Nigerian Army which they would advice and mentor fought in Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cameroon in the 1990s alone. So much for Napoleonic complexes.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/23/nairobi-attack-israel-advising-kenyan-forces

    • Prinx Arthur says:

      oga Beegeagle no be d guy fault in igbo there is proverb that says “Onye kpoo oba ya mkpokoro agbataobiya ewere ya kpoo ahihia” means if u leave ur dish unwashed ur neighbour ‘ll use it as waste bin.

      • Augustine says:

        Prinx Arthur, welcome to Beegeagle’s Blog. I use my full name here…Augustine.
        The other ‘forum’ is a wild world, here it is a blog of maturity, intelligence, caution, humility, discipline, knowledge, patriotism, Nigeria first before other things, self control, etc. Welcome.
        -Augustine
        (agaugust, my name as pronounced by a stammerer, I am a natural stammerer, reason why I am very stubborn)

    • AreJames says:

      Well our East African brothers are known for more ‘packaging’ than ‘hard substance’.
      Nigeria Army’s initial deployments to Somalia many years ago still brings fond memories for us and some jealousy from them, maybe they have been trying to beat that since hence their latest Somalian foray.
      Our boys used to clear entire Mogadishu city blocks of militants in a matter of hours and they just won’t wear motion limiting American-issue flak jackets of that era. ‘Nigerian Juju’ was the expression that other national armies used to admiringly use to describe that attitude.

  15. beegeagle says:

    Obviously, Oga Are James.

    You never miss that hint of pain in the anti-Nigerian rants. “This is not how a 6 billion dollar budget military should be fighting”. When you delude yourself into thinking that you are a co-player alongside the likes of Nigeria and South Africa with fifteen and ten times the size of your economy but lack the means to walk to walk, it gnaws at the heart. They need to stop comparing spades to teaspoons.

    http://eastafrican.userboard.net/t250p330-kenya-defence-forces-kdf

    Listening to that daft doorknob, you would think that Giwa Barracks is in the hands of BH. You would not know that four-fifths of their operations are restricted to only one of 36 states.

    It is the FG that I blame. There is a clear gulf which they ought to put between our forces and those of these bellyachers such that bottom feeders have no cause to raise a whimper or wag their pudgy fingers in your face.

  16. beegeagle says:

    Oga Asorock, Oga Peccavi only needs to copy Channel 4, stating that he is a British soldier and affirming his Nigerian parentage. Anyone else, to them, would be a government apologist. That is how set in their ways the cynical British media are.

    @Peccavi. That was a balanced and well-structured rejoinder. Well done. You might want to circulate same to as many platforms as have carried the Channel 4 report.

  17. Chairman Maz says:

    OMS, which owns these ex HKMP vessels owns at least 42 PB.
    Headquarters: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
    · Marine Operations FOB: Lagos, Port Harcourt & Warri, Nigeria
    · Company Size: 500 employees
    · Founded: 2008
    http://www.rsg-uk.com/2014/02/16/new-affiliate-ocean-marine-security-ltd/

    NNS Vision is the former HKMP Sea Glory built by Chung Wah SB & Engg in HK..

    NNS VISION
    not interesting for gt: GROSS TONNAGE IS UNDER 350 tons
    IMO NUMBER
    8513821
    VESSEL TYPE
    PATROL VESSEL
    GROSS TONNAGE
    110 tons
    BUILD
    1986
    BUILDER
    CHUNG WAH SHIPBUILDING & ENGINEERING HONG KONG – CHINA
    LAST UPDATE
    2014 Mar 11
    HISTORICAL DATA
    FORMER NAMES
    until 2011 Mar
    SEA GLORY
    YARD NUMBER
    204
    KEEL LAID
    1985 Nov 23
    LAUNCH DATE
    1986 May 14
    DELIVERY DATE
    1986 Jul 30

    VESSEL DETAILS
    DIMENSIONS
    BREADTH EXTREME
    5,92 m

    BREADTH MOULDED
    5,83 m

    DEPTH
    3,35 m

    DRAUGHT
    1,60 m

    HEIGHT
    11,70 m

    LENGTH B/W PERPENDICULARS
    24,80 m

    LENGTH OVERALL
    26,65 m

    LENGTH REGISTERED
    26,50 m
    TONNAGES
    NET TONNAGE
    29 t
    LOADLINE
    DISPLACEMENT (SUMMER)
    97
    STRUCTURE
    DECKS NUMBER
    1

    HULL MATERIAL
    STEEL
    ENGINE
    ENGINE BUILDER
    MOTOREN & TURBINEN UNION

    ENGINE CYLINDERS
    12

    ENGINE POWER
    2148 KW

    ENGINE STROKE
    165 mm

    FUEL CONSUMPTION
    13 t/day at avg. speed

  18. Martin Luther says:

    This May 2013 photograph was shot at the OMS Jetty at NNS Pathfinder and was most graciously made available to me by the CEO of a leading global consultancy (arguably the numero uno in their field) with interests in maritime security and trade and who follows this blog.

    Eh! eh!! this blog, this blog. Presido fit dey read am o

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