NNS CENTENARY F91, THE NIGERIAN NAVY’S FIRST CHINESE-BUILT P18N STEALTH OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL ARRIVES SOUTH AFRICA’S SIMONSTOWN NAVAL BASE ON HER MAIDEN HOMECOMING VOYAGE

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49 Responses to NNS CENTENARY F91, THE NIGERIAN NAVY’S FIRST CHINESE-BUILT P18N STEALTH OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL ARRIVES SOUTH AFRICA’S SIMONSTOWN NAVAL BASE ON HER MAIDEN HOMECOMING VOYAGE

  1. beegeagle says:

    Nothing beats a big ship. Look how small that Toyota bus looks beside her.

    It is coming together, FG. But there is no oil spilling nowhere offshore. So ditch the Oil Spill Control System on this ship when her sister ship, NNS Unity F92 , arrives. Let us have C802 or C803 AShMs on that one for a start and let us reach for three missile-armed enlarged Type 056 (P18N) light frigates.

    Thank you.

  2. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    Congratulations in order

  3. Deltaman says:

    Why is she flying the South African flag? (see first pic) I’m sure the naval boffins have a simple explanation.

    • jimmy says:

      It is a Naval courtesy accorded the Naval warship. When she leaves SA and berths in Angola she will pick one up too eventually all the Countries she visits will be accorded recognition.

    • asorockweb says:

      Where do you see the SA flag?

    • Bharat says:

      Courtesy flag[edit]
      A courtesy flag (or courtesy ensign) is flown by a ship in foreign waters as a token of respect by a visiting vessel. It is often a small (that is, smaller than the ship’s own national ensign) national maritime flag of the host country, although there are countries (such as Malta) where the national, rather than the maritime flag is correct. The flag is customarily worn at the foremasthead of multi-masted vessels, the dockside yardarm or crosstree of the mast of single-masted vessels, while the house flag would be outboard. It may be flown from the jackstaff of vessels without masts.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maritime_flag

  4. jimmy says:

    It is well all will be well
    Please I want to make A PERSONAL appeal to the Chinese Military defense attache in Nigeria
    and the Nigerian defense attache in China:
    My appeal :This ship NN CENTENARY is a very important piece of the Friendship between both Nations, Nigeria now needs to start flying your Chinese Z-9 so Nigeria can make the range of this ship even longer it is important that this follows through and the relationship continues to deepen especially now when the need is there.
    Thank you China
    Thank you Nigeria.

  5. beegeagle says:

    Deltaman, the flag as shown in the first and second photos is the green-white-green of Nigeria.

  6. G8T Nigeria says:

    ships entering foreign ports must fly the country’s flag, its own country national flag and the navy ensign. Its a standard international tradition for both military and civil vessels. But certainly a lot of ships violate these rules.

  7. CHYDE says:

    To God be the glory.

  8. beegeagle says:

    Still don’t see the SA flag. Kept an eye on the flags fore and aft and I see the green-white-green fore and the naval ensign of Nigeria aft.

    Gimme the headsup, Rugged7.

    • G8T Nigeria says:

      Its on the left of the main mast close to the main radar.

      • beegeagle says:

        OK, thanks.

        Do you have any updates on the planned conversion of the Lerici MCMVs to midshore patrol vessels as reported by you in 2013? The eight platforms which the NN planned to refurbish and return to the seas under the Strategic Guidance 02 nko?

  9. beegeagle says:

    Nice flight deck and hangar. Wondering what type of helicopter will be embarked.

  10. jimmy says:

    INTERESTING
    :P259, P258

  11. Augustine says:

    I don’t know who is more beautiful, NNS Centenary or my girlfriend? Hope she’s not reading this comment sha, anyway just in case….Em em, I love you honey, but this stealth ship fine make we talk true, no vex. Good job NN top brass, onward together!

  12. drag_on says:

    Our national and navy flag is on the bow and stern respectively. While the S.Africa flag is on the port side of the mast rigging .

    She is a beauty but toothless against ships in her class. Hopefully her modular build allows for quick adaptation in times of stress. For now she needs to be at sea with her crew. They new to master every inch of her and the waterways she will tread.

    On a lighter note ( tonnes wise). Surely we can arm our andoni class boats. with SAM’s?

  13. beegeagle says:

    Lighter note? Well, don’t laugh. Egypt operate 27 metre missile craft, so why not a 31m NNS Andoni? I can point you to navies which operate 20-25m missile boats.

    How large were the world-famous Komar missile boats which sunk the Israeli Navy’s EILAT?

    • Henry says:

      It is simple, build your local defence industry. This is why i keep singing and shouting about the Igirigi and Proforce Defence Products, and the need for us to use and support our own products.

      I mean, a farming company in Namibia built an MRAP, and this vehicle( WMK MK1) was shown at AAD 2014.

      There is nothing to it, our defence companies only need adequate government patronage. We should ordinarily be self-sufficient in Troop transport and mobility.

      This is my 2 kobo.

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Sir Drago I support you all the way (1000%) on this one, This alone is a victory and signal to our funny Neighbors, The amount to buy and ship one of this Combat transport/ IFV from over seas is enough to build one or two locally. We have got to do this nobody, over time and history has respected or feared an army that does not have it’s own weapons or need others to support it so much before it can fight. the risk in building this Vehicles is the least we can ever take. In case we don’d realize it even Boko Haram is improvising buy building it’s own technical (mounting guns on 4x4s) and IEDs, negative as they are towards education and all ( they are learning from the conflict). we should do the same it is called “born in Battle” by the Isrealis (they modified after every war, right up to the Kfirs which are modified Mirages with forward wings, The S.A under world embargo with the cheetahs, also mirages. Roovalks from the PUMA airframe and engines). Our local IFV/APC cannot do so badly against the minimum force we can encounter /BH’s RPGs or AA Guns).

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Air freighting tanks is okay for the current emergency, cost of air transport per flight is minimum of about $750 – $1M for the Miyra

      • Augustine says:

        Oga Captain Tobias Wilcock, your many calls for Nigerian local defense industry manufacturing capability development will not go unnoticed, I pray.

        NN should advance beyond NNS Andoni and NA should think of Igirigi LAV development to the level of US Marines Humvee LAV that has over 10 different combat versions and produced in thousands. NAF, AFIT and Badeh Aerospace Centre should complete Gulma Drone and develop it into armed drone. NN Shipyard should be looking at developing mid-shore capable commercial grade ‘Piracy Proof’ unarmed armoured boats for off-shore oilfield transports and view West African sales market oppourtunities.

  14. drag_on says:

    QUOTE

    “these 20 MRAPs to Uganda and Burundi, has been extremely vital to enabling our East African Partners, to fight off violent extremists,” said Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, CJTF-HOA commander. “These vehicles will provide better security and movement to the troop contributing countries (TCCs) to complete their mission more
    effectively.”

    END

    I guess we are fighting children(sarcasm). Ex-Afghan War MRAPS?
    SMH. You can’t get anything from them except you say “yes sir” Whatever, we will do anything in our national interest with those ready to help us.

  15. Oje says:

    We need to have this Ship insured. Previous Chinese hardware and asset have ended in near disaster.

  16. rugged7 says:

    Apparently T72A’s are being flown in “in batches” aboard antonovs from eastern european country..

  17. beegeagle says:

    Much better…the sooner, the better. More T72 tanks. If we can get modernised BMP-2 IFVs with cage armour from Ukraine., that would be complementary to the BTR-3 and BTR-4 IFVs.

    BH have to be forced into terminal decline but Nigeria must first of all plug all capability gaps in that AOR.

      • jimmy says:

        oga drag_on
        I throw down for you ( prostrating on the ground waiting for you to tell me to get up)……….
        okay standing this tallies with what rugged has been saying and it appears the DEAL FOR UKRAINE is the hard CASH using their Antonovs nah wah . Phew oga beegs a beg am I allowed to dream that one day Naija will have 100 T-72 tanks?

      • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

        Sir Drago I support you all the way (1000%) on this one that we develop our own local IFV/APC, This alone is a victory and signal to our funny Neighbors, The amount to buy and ship one of this Combat transport/ IFV from over seas is enough to build one or two locally. We have got to do this nobody, over time and history has respected or feared an army that does not have it’s own weapons or need others to support it so much before it can fight. the risk in building this Vehicles is the least we can ever take. In case we don’d realize it even Boko Haram is improvising buy building it’s own technical (mounting guns on 4x4s) and IEDs, negative as they are towards education and all ( they are learning from the conflict). we should do the same it is called “born in Battle” by the Isrealis (they modified after every war, right up to the Kfirs which are modified Mirages with forward wings, The S.A under world embargo with the cheetahs, also mirages. Roovalks from the PUMA airframe and engines). Our local IFV/APC cannot do so badly against the minimum force we can encounter /BH’s RPGs or AA Guns).
        Air freighting tanks is okay for the current emergency, cost of air transport per flight is minimum of about $750 – $1M for the Miyra per trip

  18. beegeagle says:

    It emerged a few days ago that the joint commissioning of two additions to the NN fleet has been put forward.

    The ships are a known 3,250 ton NNS OKPABANA F93 which sailed into Nigerian waters from the USA on January 3rd, 2015 and an obscure NNS PROSPERITY.We do not know if NNS PROSPERITY is a brand-new ship or a pre-owned one.

    Three things however come to mind.

    – I am reliably informed that the NN have additionally acquired two pre-owned small ships (not to be confused with the brand-new pair of 1,800 ton P18N stealth OPVs). One or both of those small ships are strongly believed by this writer to be Type 037-II missile craft, potent 1990s era combatants, which are undergoing fast-tracked decommissioning from PLAN service in Hong Kong as the Chinese pile on Type 056 stealth corvettes.

    – I am also reliably informed that the ex-Irish Naval Force OPV, L.E Emer which had been acquired as a demilitarised ship and sold to a Nigerian company has been acquired by the Nigerian Navy and is due to be renamed and commissioned into NN service. The EMER is a 65 metre 1020 ton ship.

    – Finally, another Nigerian firm acquired the demilitarised ex-Norwegian warship, KNM HORTEN, an 88 metre 2535 ton affair. Could that be the NNS PROSPERITY?

    My most measured guess is that the L.E EMER is the new NNS PROSPERITY.

  19. doziex says:

    I beg NN, enough of this toothless bulldog posture.

    Arm ALL our ships, including the American gifts with missiles ASAP.

    Who ever heard. Of an oil recovery. Contraption ?

    THESE ARE MEANT TO BE WARSHIPS.

  20. doziex says:

    Talk of a nation ambivalent about being great.

  21. Manny Aydel says:

    NN leads the way again…the first of the tri-services to fully deploy missiles (seacat, aspide, ottomat and excocet). Now deploying stealth technology…Welcome NNS Centenary. Bravo Zulu!!!

  22. NNS F90 Thunder NNS F91 Ceternary F92 Unity F93 Okpabana F94? Prosperity/L.E ELMER/KNM Horten, 2 Missile Craft, 2nd Andoni-class 38m boat. 9 platforms so far.

    Let us revert to SG-02 and see the Navy progress, General Beegs.

  23. Manny Aydel says:

    Lest I forget gentlemen officers, it has become imperative for the leadership of the NN to take urgent steps to significantly improve / consolidate the seamanship skills of its officers and ratings. We are acquiring several platforms these days and one would not want some of them to suffer consequences that inexperience can impose. Perhaps, drafting some experienced retired personnel (as the NAF does in its maintenance regime) would help in this regard. Go NN…Onward together!!!

  24. Spirit says:

    Finally, BACK TO THE SEA!

    I have always maintained that the NN is the most forward thinking/looking of the 3 services (please correct me if I am wrong).

    The acquisition of NNS Aradu in the early 80’s sent jitters down the spines of world powers; “what on earth could those monkeys want highly sophisticate, modular, missile carrying, multi-roled, combat frigate like that for?”.

    It was the largest/most sophisticated in Africa then.

    As the NN becomes formidable/blue water ‘Day by day dear ‘lords’ three things I pray;

    1) To arm these ships more menacingly (even if with GPMG/cannons from DICON and missiles from AFIT, the Chinese will give us C802 and 803 later, of that I m sure)
    2) Train the crew more realistically (enough of MOB and laptop simulations. We want stuffs like ‘Dike’ and ‘Seadog’)
    3) Increase the capability of the Lagos and PH dockyard through Technology transfer)

    NNS Centenary, welcome home.

    Onward together!

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