WAS THE NIGERIAN NAVY STEALTH OPV, NNS CENTENARY F91, EVER INVOLVED IN THE TEST FIRING OF MISSILES; IS THE SHIP MISSILE ARMED?

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38 Responses to WAS THE NIGERIAN NAVY STEALTH OPV, NNS CENTENARY F91, EVER INVOLVED IN THE TEST FIRING OF MISSILES; IS THE SHIP MISSILE ARMED?

  1. beegeagle says:

    🙂 Land of my birth…with such a limitless capacity to keep trackers on the wrong foot, how come we did not develop nuclear weapons while the world was asleep?

  2. Number one says:

    Can it be re-configured at PH. .

    • beegeagle says:

      What I see is this…this ship appears configured to FIRE missiles from a VLS and it as been tested. If this is the NNS CENTENARY which features a modular design, it means sge can be an OPV today and a light frigate tomorrow. And with the full modernisation and turnaround of the NN Shipyard by the Chinese, every OPV is potentially a light frigate.

      We said in the beginning that the F-series pennant numbers were indicative of a latent capacity while SOLOREX who comments here has always maintained that we would be surprised to know how versatile the P18Ns are.

      This appears to be a P18N/Type 056 family warship. For now, ours alone appears to have that hangar. I am not aware that the PLAN or BN variants feature hangars.

      If this is what SOLOREX means, then the ship is TRULY welcome to Nigeria. I love and need fighting ships. Somebody who really knows can help us get to the bottom of this. An insider preferably

  3. Chairman Maz says:

    These are missile firings from a Chinese Navy FFG. There are nomissiels on F91. Yes, if the design and top weight margins permit, missiles could possibly be fitted. But u need to ask the designers and NN for a definitive answer.

  4. saleh says:

    This news is really lovely, now we are moving from coast guard to Navy

  5. beegeagle says:

    Agostinho, can you post a link to this video if you were the one who managed to grab these screenshots?

  6. asorockweb says:

    Compare pic 2 (the rear view shot) to the picture of F-91’s rear view shot.

    Pay particular attention to the “hanger” doors.

    • Deway says:

      Going by the hanger doors on the F91 photo when it berthed in south africa; and the one featured in the video/picture, its unlikely that the two are the same ships. This is my conclusion. Thanks Asorockweb for noticing.

  7. johnbest1 says:

    @Oga beeg, i actually saw that video and watched as missiles and rockets were tested, the video stated that the ship was the stealth opv that was built for the NN. I was surprised when my ogas said the ship had no missiles on board as the video had shown otherwise. I wanted to say so but i decided not to as the ship in the video may hav been mistakenly mislebelled.

  8. jimmy says:

    Last year when we got the first PICTURES of the F-91 I pointed out THAT it seems they gave her a fat ass, I also noted compared to her distant cousins sold to the Thai? or Bangladeshi Navy She is much BIGGER 1,800 vs 1050 TONS I was shouted down it is for the helicopter hanger and the storage facilities chastened man keep quiet wetin man no?
    You guys have opened the gates of speculation you know it won’t close o! till we hear from the NAVY . OGA Chairman unless you fit tell us categorically say you dey on top that ship We go dey Skeptical.

  9. beegeagle says:

    The hangar doors look clearly different to me whereas the Type 056 corvettes do not incorporate hangars. So what ship is this and why was it used for the video?

  10. beegeagle says:

    Solorex, talk now…abeg?

  11. Oje says:

    hahaha !! way to go !! Any idea the kind of missiles and range? if surface to surface missilewhats the distance from NN Bases in Calabar or PH to Yaounde>?

  12. drag_on says:

    The bridge looks shorter.Also, the navigation radar on the hanger is larger on F91

  13. chynedoo says:

    The youtube link to the video of the Chinese built ship for Nigerian Navy

  14. drag_on says:

    I can see asroc either side of the main gun,the missile lunch also occured behind the main gun(there is no space there in the type 056) and a communicwtion sphere is on the bridge. If you ask me, that is a Type 054 frigate.

    • beegeagle says:

      Rear view of the Type 054 frigate

    • Augustine says:

      Oga drag_on, for a modular ship, asroc can be fitted and removed at will. You see a lot of clutter on the F91 that can reduce it’s stealthiness, but a lot of those may be removable structures to reduce radar signature. The P18N is bigger than the Type 056 and it’s space on deck behind main gun is bigger on F91. I think the mystery of why this ‘strange’ ship features in the video carries a message, a message I think is explained on Argentina’s P18 Malvinas sister ship’s armament configuration.

  15. Augustine says:

    Mystery, mystery, mystery Nigeria. My take, it’s still a mystery until the Chinese or NN explains, but a modular ship F91 can become a different vessel when need to easily reconfigure arises, I think that is the message the Chinese video is meant to pass to viewers….like saying… these are the various types of armaments that can be put on this P18N….what you get depends on what you configure it to be for the time. That is the whole purpose of building modular warships.

  16. Wow, thats great. With proper maintanance and training this new navy will be greater than ever

  17. drag_on says:

    While our money siphoning defence contractors are looking for the next windfall,it seems like the Libyans have bought Nos: 4. Su 27 fighter jets to deal with their insurgency. What is it that the Arabs understand that we still can’t reason? Every non-aligned military from Arabia to Asia understand the reason for Su27’s and its iterations but somehow our military are still waiting for F-35’s and F-16’s, thinking they will get it while being non-aligned.

    http://www.airforce-technology.com/news/newslibyan-air-force-receives-four-new-su-27-fighter-jets-4483501

  18. Lordfej says:

    http://m.liveleak.com/view?i=223_1423480714 a video showing the bridge of the ship

  19. alade says:

    hello gentle officers… pls can u help me confirm if the NN has inducted any unmanned FPC at abt 2008 till date…tnx family

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