NIGERIAN NAVY’S NEW 3,250 TON WARSHIP, NNS OKPABANA (EX-USCGC GALLATIN) , ANCHORS IN NIGERIAN WATERS

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46 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY’S NEW 3,250 TON WARSHIP, NNS OKPABANA (EX-USCGC GALLATIN) , ANCHORS IN NIGERIAN WATERS

  1. makanaky says:

    A fantastic way to start what is going to be a good year for the NN. Congrats to the NN and Nigerians in general

  2. beegeagle says:

    The ultramodern 1,800 ton Chinese-built stealth OPV, NNS CENTENARY, was last spotted in Mauritius. She should be in Nigeria at the end of this month.

    Her sister ship, NNS UNITY, shall be completed later on in the year.

    The NN have never received three big ships this size in one decade, let alone in one year. It has to be a landmark year for the NN.

    That said, I believe that we shall be getting one or two missile-armed ships gifted by China. They are said to be in the 50-65m category. I believe that we are in line to receive at least one ex-PLAN Type 037-II missile FAC. Can’t wait to see the NN in missile firing exercises at sea with serious visiting navies…

  3. jimmy says:

    Congratulations to the NN.May the dreams of the NN come true.May you be a little bluer.and sail a little deeper.In justifiable anger only may you fire your big guns.Happy hunting.

  4. jimmy says:

    OGA beegeagle You took the words out of my mouth they say great minds think alike.
    IT is extremely important as dead serious yes they conducted a naval exercise last year with the Chinese PLA NAVY , The NIGERIAN NAVY upon the arrival of the NN Centenary and the missile armed frigate the two countries must plan an extensive Joint Marine LIVE FIRING exercise,maybe for the q4 of 2015 or q1 of 2016. I said joint meaning between the two countries China and Nigeria, the days of inviting countries for meaningless exercises should be over, it does no one any good but ratchet up tensions unnecessary.
    This is not unrelated to boko haram but it has to be part and parcel of Nigeria’s strategic military doctrine,when Nigeria trains with another Country what is Nigeria getting out of it? Apart from the training what kind of meaningful relationships are being formed?Can this country be relied upon in times of Military crises to sell , transport LETHAL WEAPONS to Nigeria ? these are the tough questions going forward that the defense strategists of Nigeria need to answer .It is okay for whichever country wants to visit on their way to their home base to visit courtesies and all be followed, however it is not in Nigeria’s best STRATEGIC interests now that we see how really shallow these relationships are to conduct major marine exercise Marine exercises are time consuming and take away personnel from other tasks they should be doing.
    Let me be very Emphatic unless relations improve considerably where by the countries coming to do Naval exercises involving live firing exercises are also part of the countries willing to sell you LETHAL AID then it is the height of STUPIDITY to get as was said in the movie Braveheart “to get all dressed up for nothing”
    Marine exercises costs time and money and at a time whereby the financial crunch is really biting in Nigeria the Navy has to be really carefully whom they spend the time and effort doing exercises with. Countries that just want to come and donate diapers and conduct fire dousing tactics can be steered to other West African Nations .There are a lot of things the Nigerian Navy needs to do, useless photo ops is most def not one of them.

    • smartboy2000 says:

      Very well said CyberGeneral Jimmy!!! It is time the NN concentrates on marine exercises that provide cost benefits to it’s firepower capability, than just carrying out window dressing exercises with so called allies that do not provide any benefit to our sea fighting capability.

  5. beegeagle says:

    We need not sell ourselves short. Let us acquire fighting ships. Nigeria try too hard to appear innocuous and to please everybody. That is surreal. No nation ever became great without fraying nerves and in any case, life itself is not a pleasure trip. Let them say, people. We were busy playing goodie-goodie and that was why we were caught flat-footed by this insurgency. Where we should be reaching out for artillery, we buy rifles; instead of APCs+IFVs, we went for Hilux and rather than OPVs and frigates, we went for skiffs and dinghies. So we paid a heavy price for folly and trying to be too politically correct.

    In the real world, the strong exact what they can and the weak grant what they must. Therefore, let me again humbly suggest that the MV EMER, which we hear is on the cusp of getting renamed by the NN, should be armed with either C802 or C704 AShMs without further delay. That can be done at the NN Shipyard in Port Harcourt.

    It would be nice to have a joint sea exercise here with navies from India, Pakistan, China, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa and Brazil in attendance – one where no one is handing down elementary lessons in first aid and fire fighting. We have been learning such rudimentary stuff for over ten years now. Is there no Chapter 2 in that training manual? When the PLA Navy came around, we went straight to sea for anti-piracy drills..no funny stuff like fire fighting etc.

    Worst case scenario, if the PLAN come around these parts this year, we can welcome them with NNS Okpabana, NNS Centenary, a Type 037-II missile craft and hopefully, a missile armed Emer. Let us put our best foot forward for a change. Respect is earned, not conferred.

    Why would Africa’s most populous country and largest economy continually file out 38 metre patrol craft to welcome visiting nations’ frigates? We really have to start taking ourselves a lot more seriously. Those foreign powers who are only comfortable with a Nigeria that is militarily prostrate and never grows into its own, will never tell you that there is something wrong with that.

    For all they care, our national security might as well be outsourced to them. If Nigeria is ‘pocketed’, whipping the rest of the region into line becomes easy. So they will always subtly attempt to steer Nigeria towards dependency and will never help to make her strong. They blocked our attempt to grab a pair of Foxtrot submarines in 1986 using their financial attack dogs, remember? Not to mention turning down requests for F16s, KC135s and selling under-armed Jags to us.

    Our leaders need to wisen up to these tired tricks. The games of subterfuge have been playing out since 1961 when the Anglo-Nigerian defence pact got botched by patriotic students.

    • smartboy2000 says:

      Preach!!! Preach!!! Preach!! CyberServiceChief Lord Beegeagle, our military needs to wake up and smell the roses. We need allies that can help improve our land, sea and air fighting capabilities not the ones that keep hamstringing us as a way of controlling us. We are a great nation with enormous human resources to get our military objectives done, so we don’t need to rely on these half-baked solutions we seem to be getting from our so called allies, when we can forge new relationships with military hardware suppliers that are willing to provide knowledge transfer and armaments. God Bless a United Nigeria.

    • rugged7 says:

      CORRECT YARN, the BEEG one!
      Nigeria is bigger than it’s breaches.
      It should GLADLY expose itself in it’s FULL glory- Without apologies to ANYONE.
      If yankee “them” no like am, make dem go jump inside atlantic ocean.

  6. beegeagle says:

    A TYPE 037-II “HOUJIAN” FAST ATTACK CRAFT LAUNCHES A MISSILE

    The most recently completed ship of this class (Hong Kong Flotilla), Lianjiang, was commissioned in 2001. It features a 76mm main gun unlike her twin 37mm cannon-armed sister ships.

    • Augustine says:

      Wise words Oga Beegeagle, wise words on Nigeria’s naval needs to defend against threats that could come from the oceans one day and humiliate us !

  7. COLONEL NGR says:

    Nice one oga beegs.

  8. beegeagle says:

    China

    China, on the other hand, is building 1440-tonne ‘Jiangdao’ class surface warfare /ASW corvettes which, like all modern corvette designs, feature shaping to reduce their radar signature. Last year 18 were reported launched, or commissioned, with at least a dozen on order to replace the 40-year-old ‘Jianghu I/II’ class frigates and the ‘Houxin/Houjian’class fast attack and patrol craft.

    http://www.asianmilitaryreview.com/keeping-coast-clear/

    • Manny Aydel says:

      Gen Beeg, I am absolutely delighted to witness your ‘return.’ Though I’ve been away from this blog myself after a few weeks absence (following my re-posting elsewhere after several years in Africa), I am so relieved you’re back. Congratulations for creating this wonderful blog. Happy New Year to you and to all active cybergenerals sir! Permission to resume posting comments…!

  9. Deewon says:

    I’m sorry but I’m about to burst your bubble. As the navy won’t be getting any missile anytime soon as they lack the capacity to store them at home. The way it was done with the otomat missile was that after purchasing it they will put it in storage until when needed

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Dewon, is that personal opinion or fact? Just asking. I know Nigerian navy purchased more than Otomat missile, they also had Exocets, Sea Cats, and Aspide missiles.

      Storage of missiles is easy for a navy that is building a computerized stealth warship in Port Harcourt.

      Sorry I can’t see how your comment is the reality on ground, a ship can keep her missiles in the launchers for some years and do routine maintenance.

      All Nigerian navy missiles should be expired by now past shelf lives since 30 years ago we bought them. Now we
      downgraded our navy into ordinary coast guard level, wasting away a generation of very brilliant Nigerian navy officers who should be test firing ship borne missiles and submarine torpedoes like their counterparts in Africa and Asia.

      Pity Nigeria.

      • jimmy says:

        Storage of missile goes back to WW2 this is not complicated.Plus Nigeria inacquiring the Aradu and buying more missile craft ships in the 70s and 80s still have naval officers around that have the experience.Nigeria would do very well in order to protect her 200 mile EEZ zone to acquire ships that have the missile system embedded in the ships electronic system and the next naval agreement on exercise reached must involve live firing of such SAMs. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

    • saleh says:

      I dont think that will be a problem, if they had capability to store missiles for aradu years ago it would only require modernisation of their existing facilities

      • asorockweb says:

        The Navy had difficulty storing the Exocet missiles for the Aradu.

        The issue is not specific to missiles but large ordinance.

        The navy does not have a large ordinance facility.

        Were are the Exocet missiles? Some source said that they were returned to France for “storage”.

      • Augustine says:

        Oga saleh I agree with your point.

        Oga jimmy, last time NN fired missile was 30 years ago, max service for officers I guess is 35 years, those missiles were fired by officers who have retired by now if the were 5 years and upward in the navy by 1985, and I don’t think NN would have allowed officers less than 5 years in the force to operate the very complicated Otomat missile in 1985.

        My take is, there is NO SINGLE man or woman in Nigerian army, navy, or air force today that has experience of firing missiles (Except if the new F-7 pilots used their training rounds air to air).

        Oga jimmy, Nigeria technically operates a World War II ordnance army dateed back to 1940 level.

        Oga asorockweb, Aradu uses Otomat not Exocet, the NN Exocets were for NNS Anyam, Siri, and Ekun fast crafts. The missiles were faulty brand new, dispute began, NN was said to likely return them to France. It was manufacturer defect not storage issue.

        Storage of missiles is NOT rocket science, Sudan, Uganda, Chad, all have missiles and they are not technologically ahead of Nigeria.

        How does NAF store the new F-7 jets PL-9C missiles, are they stored in Beijing city China?

  10. Oje says:

    JESUS CHRIST! HE’S ALIVE !!!

  11. Deewon says:

    Oga Augustine. Its not based on personal fact but from a report which was written by persons in the navy. There is a project somewhere in lagos where this missiles are meant to be stored for the navy,but it never reached completion

    • saleh says:

      The issue in the project was not completion of the structure itself but regular power supply (embarassing reason) and proximity to urban areas as a result of the ikeja armoury issue. however, what does it take to build new facilities for equipment worth 100s of millions. if Bangladesh can own and store missiles it is appalling if we cant.

      • Manny Aydel says:

        Generals,
        The naval missile storage project was code named ‘Monomono’ (lightning in Yoruba language) and was located somewhere in Kirikiri. Oga Asorockweb sir, if my memory serves me right, Aradu features a combination of Aspide and Seacat missiles (latter also standard missile system on the twin ships, Erinomi and Enyimiri) and not Excocet. The latter system is for the fast strike ships (Siri, Ayam, Ekpe, Agu, Damisa and Ekun).

  12. Oje says:

    What is so difficult in storing missiles? Nigerian Navy was the only African Navy able to partake in the Fleet Review in Australia and come back with a gold medal, making Port Calls in South Africa and Angola. If we can achieve such a feat whats hard about storing missiles?

  13. Deewon says:

    Oje. That’s a question for the naval hierarchy

  14. STARTREK says:

    some times we comment with blind passion pls lets reserve some dignity for this country Nigeria. the NAVY AND INDEED THE NIGERIAN MILITARY HAVE ABUNDANT ORDNANCE STORAGE FACILITIES INCLUDING CHEMICAL AND BIO HAZARD. THIS I PERSONALLY KNOW FOR A FACT SO LETS TALK ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT ISSUES… THANKS

  15. Oje says:

    Right on Captain Sparks. Add to that the ballistic missile range at Ekpe, we missed out on the North Korean deal, we will never have such an opportunity again…and Nigeria’s quest for a manned Space flight by 2018.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Oje, I may not agree with many of your risky opinions that can cause world war III in West Africa, but I believe Nigeria should reopen the ballistic missile technology transfer deal with North Korea since USA/UK/EU/NATO are all wicked enough to refuse selling Nigeria weapons to save our lives in this Boko war.

      Then we have a right to defend ourselves by any means with any help available.

      Spite the USA and UK, Nigeria should get nuclear warhead technology from Russia and ICBM technology from North Korea.

      Let me see how France will support Cameroon in war against Nigeria if Abuja has nuclear missiles..

  16. G8T Nigeria says:

    Interestingly, only very few officers and men of the NN have access to NN missiles and ammo storage facilities so i really wonder where some of us get information from. Its so bad how we feel free to rubbish our nation so publicly without facts especially when the world knows the reputation of this blog. Words and opinions can be expressed freely but surely its adds up value to an enemy. Thats the point every Nigerian must adjust certain unconfirmed information. Pleased be informed (100 percent) the navy has the capacity to store up missiles of any category. I must also add that Nigeria ranks 41 in the world global fire power index 2014 not because Nigerians must know all weapons she possesses, but the western world, who in the know of things amidst other factors know better. Therefore, It is highly unpatriotic and a stern insult to a navy that has criss crossed the most turbulent seas of the world beyond doubt. Nigeria has mass quantity of weapons,rockets, missiles, radars and others in storage (old and new).

    War items are stored in percentage categorization, hence a drop to 90 percent calls for immediate acquisitions. No one waits till near zero. Our non declaration of war status does not permit heavy engagements as this will result in more casualties on the civilians. Hence, air and ground engagements will continue. Indeed, flaws are normal in all operations but only the people of a nation can choose whether to sell victories rather than failures.

  17. Oje says:

    Non declaration of war you say? What have the Nigerian army been doing this past 5 years, drills? going by numbers alone this is currently the biggest war on the African continent.

  18. G8T Nigeria says:

    @ Oje that is a good question. Declaration of war involves rapid war mobilization efforts. Some aspects of government may be restructured for war time roles as against peacetime. Shipping routes might be affected. Investors on the run out of the country and of course, our economy greatly affected. However, the dynamics of war status has changed since the coming of non state actors like boko haram. Nations are handicapped on free weapons engagements except for targeting known locations. Therefore, the declaration of war or not may not answer the real question since the masked enemy is so close. Timely intelligence and adequate security positioning would assist more. Pakistan with its hundreds of fighter jets, thousands of missiles and about 900,000 force couldn’t stop the killing of 142 people in a school. The response was not a declaration of war but total support to military operations. The Pakistan govt and its assembly (through the courts) gave the military the powers to arrest, interrogate and recommend directly to the government, those found wanting including moles in the military. Just recently, the government of Pakistan approved death sentences and that goes for moles too. At home it is a different story, Just a third extension of state of emergency for effective military operation was a hulabulo in our assembly. Therefore the more divided we are, the less results. Only one thing cannot wait and that is the lives of our soldiers. Certainly, in the midst of these trying times, the Nigerian Armed Forces keep doing the needful despites the undeserved accusations and non cooperative status of many Nigerians. Indeed, the battle will be won when precious time has been consumed for nothing other than political, sectional, religious and tribal divide.

  19. Manny Aydel says:

    Dear Generals,
    While on holidays in Lagos recently, I noticed that Aradu has relocated from Wilmot Point to Quorra. An officer told me on enquiry that now recurring ocean surge, occasioned by the Eko Atlantic city project, is affecting the NND and may have been responsible for re-locating Aradu from its traditional home port. I just wonder what effect that project may have for the NND itself and would like Naval authorities to take this up with the Lagos State Government. The NND is too expensive and strategic to our power configuration to be rendered comatose by the new city project, though laudable. Your thoughts gentlemen officers…

    • jimmy says:

      The NN needs to implore the F.G.with SEA BREAKERS which are strategically placed One to Two ton boulders that break up the energy of these waves.

  20. Manny Aydel says:

    Generals,
    The naval missile storage project was code named ‘Monomono’ (lightning in Yoruba language) and was located somewhere in Kirikiri. @Oga Asorockweb sir, if my memory serves me right, Aradu features a combination of Aspide and Seacat missiles (latter also standard missile system on the twin ships, Erinomi and Enyimiri) and not Excocet. The latter system is for the fast strike ships (Siri, Ayam, Ekpe, Agu, Damisa and Ekun).

    • asorockweb says:

      Thanks for the update, although you may have provided a little too much info (vis-a-vis the location.)
      Am glad the Naval Ordinance Facility was eventually built.

  21. jimmy says:

    Cool which Organ of the F.G. owns this ultra modern ship ? I am sure you are AWARE OGA BEEGS there is a deepening of Defence ties between the POLISH AND NIGERIAN GOVT, with the recent purchase of 1000 Automatic BERYL rifles with a further purchase depending upon performance of a further Five Thousand, it is good to see that some western countries have stuck with us selling us both LETHAL AND NON LETHAL AID.

  22. ugobassey says:

    This is indeed great…3 big Ships in one year! how I wish this insurgency war was being fought at see. Boko for hear nwi!

    • jimmy says:

      oga Deltaman
      Thanks for the thread not to sound GREEDY but does anyone know when the second ANDONI class ship will be completed ? as it is 60%done.

      • alade says:

        i really can’t confirm d report but d CNS said on d day NNS OPKABANA was commissioned dat d second made in Nigeria seaward defense boat in 38m has been launched into the waters…. i guessed he was talking abt d second andoni

  23. ugobassey says:

    Is the Nigerian media credible when it comes to military matters? This story is really disparaging.
    http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/boko-haram-military-probes-fall-of-baga/198581/

  24. max montero says:

    She’s a beauty, General Beeg! Congratulations!

    Any idea, or at best a photo if Bangladesh has already started uparming their Hamilton BNS Samudro Joy with Chinese missiles?

    Max

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