PRESIDENT JONATHAN TO COMMISSION FOUR WARSHIPS INTO SERVICE ON FEBRUARY 19TH

NNS OKPABANA, a pre-owned 3250 ton ex-USCG ship looks to be a sure bet for commissioning on the day

NNS Centenary F91, a new-build P18N 1,800 ton stealth Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Nigerian Navy

CITY PEOPLE NEWS
15 February, 2015

The Director, Naval Information,
Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, has said the
Federal Government has procured four
warships for the Nigerian Navy.

Aliyu, whose comments were contained in a statement on Sunday, said the four warships would be inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said the new ships would enhance
the Navy’s operations against
contemporary security challenges
especially on the nation’s maritime
domain.

Aliyu said the exercise was unique because this was the first time the Navy would take delivery of four warships at once. The Naval spokesman said the gesture only demonstrated the efforts of the government to reposition the Navy to meet contemporary challenges.

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29 Responses to PRESIDENT JONATHAN TO COMMISSION FOUR WARSHIPS INTO SERVICE ON FEBRUARY 19TH

  1. Omonon says:

    Naija, I bow for you oooooooooooooooo!!!
    Olomo kilo fomoreoooo eni ale.
    Oga beeg, weldon sir!!!

    NAIJA, AFRICAN GIANT, ARISE AND WALK.
    YOU MUST WALK TALL. YOU MUST CONQUER, YOU MUST WIN, YOU MUST BE VICTORIOUS.
    AMEN, AMEN, AMEN!!!
    GOD BLESS MY OGAS HERE!
    GOD BLESS NIGERIA!

  2. Oje says:

    Behold black Africa’s largest and most powerful Navy. There is no black African Navy (South Africa included) with a surface fleet than can rival that of the Nigerian Navy at this point in time.

  3. beegeagle says:

    Well done bo, MCShegz. How na? Here is what I think.

    Certainly, two of the ships to be commissioned are NNS Okpabana and NNS Centenary. Which are the other two ships??? Good question

    + the impounded 65 metre 1,020 ton MV Emer, an ex-Irish OPV which was sold to a Nigerian security company, has almost certainly been acquired by the NN in the national interest and has been renamed “NNS PROSPERITY”, That is the third ship to be commissioned.

    * the fourth ship could be any of the following

    – a brand-new Made-in-Nigeria 38 metre patrol craft

    – the pre-owned ex-KNM Horten, an 88 metre 2535 ton ex-Norwegian naval ship

    – a ex-PLAN 65 metre Type 037-II Houjian

    • mcshegz says:

      Tuale Oga Beegeagle, you too musshhhhh, men full ground gidigba, how area na? hehehehe. Seems like the navy’s 5-10 year plan’s coming along nicely; submarines go soon show, no doubt, kudos to the Navy, heads screwed on tighter after militants dem, Army and Airforce currently receiving dier own shock therapy🙂; all for the betterment of the Motherland. Oga Beegeagle, this your hustle na confam oh

  4. Well the navy is surely enjoying a new lease of life same for the airforce, both branches had suffered extensive neglect in the past and its good to see them shinning forth now. The entire armed forces is being re-equipped and re-engineered and its beautiful to see

  5. Oje says:

    Oga Beeg, i have researched extensively on it. They have Submarines yes but its still largely a littoral Navy, its Submarines cannot conduct operations far from its Coast. Its surface fleet lacks the range and logistical support the Nigerian Navy has. Dont forget the Aradu has anti submarine capability as well (at least when it was acquired). When you consider our aerial survelliance and control assets like the ATR Maritime patrol aircraft, 5 sattelites in Space that can easily be integrated and sheer range you see what we lack in submarine operations we more than make up for in other assets. South Africa’s latest attempt to have a Space presence was recently obliterated.

    http://strategypage.com/htmw/htspace/articles/20150207.aspx

  6. Yagazie says:

    Please lets not get carried away – with 4 MEKO 200N VALOUR CLASS FRIGATES and 3 TYPE 209 SUBMARINES , the South African Navy is currently the most powerful navy in sub-saharan africa. They also have 4 Super lynx helos and a supply vessel to support their frigates/submarines. All the Nigerian Navy currently has are OPVs- no frigates, no subs, no missile boats and no ASW capability.

    • beegeagle says:

      Mighty Yagz, hmmmm..na wa o. You still dey dis Naija? Where have you been?

    • CHYDE says:

      And to add to your comment, NNS Aradu is currently out of service (in my words and my opinion). When we decide to start inducting vessels like the 054 and or Tawler class frigates, maybe a sub or two, THEN and ONLY THEN can we start talking abt a navy that is close to that of SA’s . But we must give credit to the Navy.

    • Oje says:

      Oga Yagazie i beg to differ. How would you know these vessel do not have missiles?

  7. beegeagle says:

    A Type 054 frigate and two Type 18N (enlarged Type 056) light frigates should be our immediate target.

  8. Yagazie says:

    Oga Beegz- have been around- just had problems posting my entries unto the blog- don’t know why. The Nigerian navy should as a matter of urgency reach an agreement with the Chinese to “hot transfer” a Type 054 frigate to join the fleet. The Eygptians have just done this with the French navy for one of their brand new FREMM frigates- the “Normandie”- they will also sign a contract for the sale of 24 Rafale Jets. We are still wasting time flying Alpha Jets/F-7 fighters. na wa o! Make no mistake what we have is a Coast Guard and not a Navy- until we acquire proper warships and not OPVs.

  9. drag_on says:

    Gbam.
    You don’t take guns to a missile fight.

    I feel the navy just wants numbers at the moment so it can perform the most present security tasks i.e., busting pirates.The modular nature of the P18N may mean we can add missile later.
    However, the navy should not be caught out in the same way the air force and army were.
    Missile boats from our neighbours is a very possible threat.We need to home in on the ability to suppress and degrade enemy sea defences using EW,defend ourselves with ECM (jamming,spoofing) and defeat the enemy using missiles and torps from Helios and ships. This can only come from practice,practice,practice and more practice.Sadly, we have no ship capable of full spectrum warfare at the moment. A single type 054 will be good start.

  10. Omonon says:

    Sisi warns of response after Islamic State kills 21 Egyptians in Libya
    Egypt is upgrading its fire power due rise of insurgence in its boarders.
    NIGERIA GOT IT RIGHT, RISE AND MATCH AHEAED YOU ARE THE GIANT OF AFRICA!!!
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/15/us-mideast-crisis-libya-egypt-idUSKBN0LJ10D20150215

  11. Augustine says:

    Na the missile ship me I wan see for NN…..any good missile armed ship, big or small as a temporary stop gap measure till be acquire missile frigate and submarine.

  12. alade says:

    The names of the ships to be commissioned this week are given as follows… NNS CENTENARY, NNS OKPABANA, NNS
    PROSPERITY and NNS SAGBAMA…. http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-to-commission-four-naval-war-ships-this-week/201957/

  13. beegeagle says:

    With the release of the names of all four ships, let me put my head on the block and say as follows

    – NNS PROSPERITY is the acquired 65 metre 1,020 ton ex-Irish Naval Force OPV, Emer

    – NNS SAGBAMA is most likely the 38 metre Made-in-Nigeria patrol craft. It conforms to the naming pattern for other 38 metre platforms which bear place names eg NNS Burutu, NNS Zaria

    • Deway says:

      If I may ask, our thoughts around here was that the navy had been gifted a vessel by the Chinese. Shouldn’t we expect that this vessel would have been included in the commissioning?

  14. giles says:

    Oga Pls o,will u b covering d event

  15. I will go with Beegs NNS Prosperity should be the Ex-Irish OPV im sure the Ex-Norwegian and the Gifted Ship may be hushed for now…..or the gifted ship will arrive with NNS Unity.

    NNS Sagbama is definitely looking like the 2nd Seaward Defense boat

  16. Chairman Maz says:

    We were kind of on the mark with what Sagbana might be. NNS Sagbama is a new build Chinese patrol craft – the same as what was donated to the Seychelles. I am presuming Prosperity is a sister ship since we knew 2 Chinese patrol craft were arriving. We will know more tomorrow.

  17. Chairman Maz says:

    It is a Type 62 with a length of approx. 46m.

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