IS THE SOON-TO-BE-COMMISSIONED NNS SAGBAMA A HOME-BUILT NIGERIAN DESIGN OR AN ENLARGED DERIVATIVE OF CHINA’S TYPE 062 SHANGHAI II GUNBOAT??

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
18 February, 2015

This evening, the website of the Nigerian Navy published a photo of the NNS SAGBAMA, one of four warships to be commissioned into Nigerian naval service tomorrow.

Since then, opinions have varied as to whether or not the patrol craft is the Made-in-Nigeria 38 metre platform which has been under construction since 2012 or a new-build and enlarged derivative of the popular Chinese Type 062 Shanghai II design, constructed ‘secretly’ in China – ‘secretly’ because no official statement on her acquisition has ever been made by either Chinese or Nigerian defence officials.

But the ship is here and for real. So what is she and where did she spring from? Was she built at the recently modernised and expanded Nigerian Naval Shipyard by a joint team of Nigerian and Chinese engineers?

Personally, I am a big fan of the Type 62 and have even advocated for the design to be reverse engineered by NN architects and engineers.

https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/suggested-patrol-craft-designs-for-nigerian-naval-shipbuilders/

On the one hand, this does look like the Damen Stan and I recall having read the Jane’s article on the Seychelloise Coast Guard and was rather surprised that the ship was a Type 062.

What do you make of this?

http://www.naval-technology.com/news/newsnigerian-navy-to-commission-four-warships-4514501

The truth is that the Type 062 Shanghai II gunboat, well armed with twin 37mm and twin 25mm cannons, was originally a 39m platform. However, many derivatives such as those built for the Ghana Navy and the Seychelles Coast Guard have either looked markedly different from the originally or been stretched out to 46.5m to allow for better crew facilities.

Some international naval aficionado, just sent this to me. He thinks the NNS Sagbama is a locally built ship.
So the matter is up in the air as it is,
Is the NNS Sagbama a modified and enlarged Type 062 Shanghai II gunboat or a Nigerian-built clone of same?

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13 Responses to IS THE SOON-TO-BE-COMMISSIONED NNS SAGBAMA A HOME-BUILT NIGERIAN DESIGN OR AN ENLARGED DERIVATIVE OF CHINA’S TYPE 062 SHANGHAI II GUNBOAT??

  1. beegeagle says:

    WHICH OF THESE GUNBOATS DOES THE NNS SAGBAMA RESEMBLE?

    A modified and enlarged 46 metre Type 062 Shanghai II patrol craft of the Seychelles Coast Guard

    Closest to the Original:

    39 METRE JACO CLASS PATROL CRAFT
    (China Type 062 “Shanghai III’ design) of the East Timorese Navy

    GNS Ehwor, a 46.8 metre derivative of the Type 062 Shanghai II design built by Poly Technologies Inc. of China

  2. alade says:

    oga beegs, there’s no difference bt this given boat & the Seychelloise Coast Guard boat.,. its unarguably the same thing…pls wat are the specifications???

  3. alade says:

    take a look at the turret on the fore, its been placed on d same point..

  4. drag_on says:

    Check the number and placement of the cabin windows on the main deck and compare with the others. Its the same as the Seychelles Coast Guard.

  5. beegeagle says:

    From here, it looks like the SCG ship. Even the red flash of paint near the waterline is the same!

    The befuddling question is this? Is it possible that Nigeria placed an order for a 46m platform and it was under the radar completely until she was delivered? This is undoubtedly a newly-built ship and she is definitely a modified and enlarged derivative of the Type 062 Shanghai II, made in China?

    The question to be asked now is this – was she given for free in reward for patronage or was she sold to Nigeria? The Chinese Govt pledged last year to hand over a ‘combat vessel’ to the NN. But I doubt that this is the ship because it was said at the time that the ‘transfer formalities’ (read decommissioning process) had been fast-tracked. That was clearly indicative of the fact that the PLAN were gifting the NN a pre-owned ship.

    Later, it emerged via well-positioned members of this community that

    – Nigeria are expecting two small ex-PLAN ships from China (not to be confused with the pair of P18N stealth OPVs)

    – that the ships belong in the 50-65 metre category.

    – that the ships are coming at a fabulous bargain price

    SO where did this new ship pop up from? I am thinking this way

    – the Chinese are giving a decommissioned PLAN ship described as a ‘combat vessel’ which I think will be a Type 037-II 65 metre missile craft

    – Nigeria probably paid for a second one of decommissioned Type 037-II

    – the Chinese thereafter probably threw this NNS Sagbama in for free in lieu of a deal sweetener.

    Well, who is not surprised by this bolt from the blue? Just proves like I have said severally in recent times, that we are told by reliable sources that Nigeria are almost certainly lined up to receive three Chinese-built submarines before the end of 2017 and in all probability, a miniaturised Type 071 LPD as well.

    We read it in so and so was never proof of any acquisition as far as the strange ways of Nigeria go. But we invariably pop up with photo evidence.

    Examples ABOUND

    CH-3A armed drones
    BigFoot MRAPs
    BTR-4 IFVs
    Inkas LAPVs
    Streit Spartan Mk.3 APCs

    Well, long live Sino-Nigerian cooperation. It yields all that is edifying sans sanctimony. Watch this space then..

  6. beegeagle says:

    Eerily similar…Viva Xinhua🙂

    NNS SAGBAMA, a 46 metre enlarged and modified Type 062 gunboat

    DAMEN STAN 4207, a 42 metre platform

  7. could it be locally made but with the same design as the SCG ship?

  8. drag_on says:

    commissioning ongoing on nta now

  9. Nigeria is a funny country, like we hv said on this blog that there are other acquisitions that hv slipped by our radar talk less of SIPRI, Janes n oda watch dogs its times like these i really fear and appreciate the Government but maybe they can be open sometimes regarding what they buy.

    • @ekundayo I agree with you bros. sometimes secrecy is good in Military matters but with Nigeria the blanket of secrecy is just choking, and it makes the citizenry suspicious. To get the support of NIgerians the military has to be more open.

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