AT THE COMMISSIONING CEREMONY OF THE NNS OKPABANA F93

Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Brewer and Maritime Affairs Officer LTCM Sean Hays attended the commissioning ceremony of NNS Okpabana and three other warships, in Lagos on February 19, 2015.

PHOTO CREDIT: UNITED STATES EMBASSY, NIGERIA

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30 Responses to AT THE COMMISSIONING CEREMONY OF THE NNS OKPABANA F93

  1. Stormslim says:

    So dem show too we didn’t see dem in the video sha.

  2. Muyiwa says:

    Hmmm… fair weather friends

  3. ozed says:

    I no blame them, shay na because una dash us the ship abi? Otherwise we for no let una snap picture with our vessel. Nonsense!!!

  4. Augustine says:

    Not quite fair weather friend in my own opinion, rather smart friends. The American ships given to Nigeria are all in the non-lethal maritime security roles coast guard category, non-lethal because in modern day naval warfare these ships cannot defend Nigeria, they are only capable of peace time maritime security duties because they cannot survive a modern sea war theatre where missiles, CIWS, jet fighters, and torpedoes are ruling the oceans.

    Reason why I say smart friends is because the ‘hidden’ purpose of giving Nigeria these ships is to enable Nigeria protect our oil and gas rich EEZ oceans where many American companies like Exxon-Mobil, Chevron-Texaco, Schlumberger, etc operate and make billions of dollars cash every year remitted back home into the American economy since about 50 years ago.

    These ships will reduce piracy and ensure safety of American oil rigs offshore as well as oil tankers transporting America share of the oil and gas to the export markets.

    Smart friends. No problem being smart.

    If Nigeria wants lethal weapons, go spend ya own money from ya big pocket and buy wetin una want for ya sef. Gifts will always be the choice of the giver, if you force me to give you what I don’t wish to give you, then it becomes an act of extortion not giving.

    Welcome NNS Okpabana, I wish you happy pirate hunting, save Nigeria from the embarrassment of being labelled the new piracy haven after Somalia has been classified as ‘cleansed and safe’ by western media.

    Na our own problem they always view with magnifying glass and put on front page world news, haba, wetin now ?

    • jimmy says:

      I in the past would of agreed with you.That it was smart of the Americans,however considering ctha Nigeria is now Spending that money Hindsight they say is 20/20.Long term in dealing with Nigeria America could of done better
      Let me explain the next ship Nigeria will buy will not look like this,nor will it be armed like this. A country paying for it’s weapons will require key word offensive words.Nigeria has passed the point of miserly procurement and ANY Administration that fails to do so will realize how important security is to the general public.
      Let me be very clear, Nigeria should be very grateful to the Americans for the Ship,however @this stage where Nigeria is flying armed drones,this type of Ship represents the End of an Era.

    • Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

      Sir Augustine, That was a Brilliant and accurate perspective of events, free things are the most expensive. slap and tickle stuff

  5. rka says:

    I am sure the requisite armed Corvettes and Frigate(s) are just round the corner if we are patient enough to wait. Also, the much needed LPD and surely, Subs.

    • Are James says:

      Where are they around the corner sir?. Don’t you watch the naval brass on tv or the internet. I do and all I make from what they want to achieve is to be a Navy of Offshore Patrol and Fisheries protection vessels. All the acquisitions we have made since 1997 including the really large ships do not have weapons that will achieve a strike distance greater than 10km and this was deliberate.

    • rka says:

      Oga Are James, it is the only hope I have. I know that naval officials visited other locations when they visited China during the launch of NNS Centenaryand I can only hope they were inspecting other projects being kept under hats.

      I have this expectation because of what so called sources have said about not wanting details of more sophisticated weapons being purchased to be made public ie like the Chinese drones they tried to keep under wraps.

      I am sure naval officers are more ambitious than you have suggested. Let’s just wait and see.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      LPD? Mek we go buy one Mistral from France. Heheh!
      But seriously, we need that sort of force projection capability, otherwise our economy will always belong to those who do.

  6. Henry says:

    When is the deal with the JF-17 going to be signed…………….. Things look to have stalled in that sector. The J-10 would have been the ideal fighter for the NAF, it carries an impressive panoply of weapons and a very modern avionics suite. The Fighter’s only draw back is it’s just over 550km combat radius.

    • ozed says:

      Oga Hens, thats a serious drawback for a multi role aircraft. Especially if you have a Country the size of Nigeria.

      • Henry says:

        Man, I frustrated with seeing the Alpha jets in active Nigerian Airforce service. It should by now been transferred to NAF’s “aerobatic team”.

        At this point, all options are open, plus the J-10 is quite a capable fighter by any standard. I also feel we can get around the J-10’s range issue with strategic placements of the fighter.

        Anyway, I don’t think the Chinese are selling at the moment.

    • beegeagle says:

      That drawback makes her useless for Nigerian purposes. We must SHOOT DOWN any idea of acquiring that short-legged J10 jet.

      No matter the strategic placement, they cannot be pushed farther than Sokoto, Maiduguri, Lagos and Calabar. With a profoundly pathetic combat radius of 550km which means we cannot go beyond 275km into Niger and Chad. We cant even reach Malian territory which is just less than 400km from Sokoto. What do we need such docile and domesticated jets for, WHATEVER it is that they carry by way of a panoply of armaments?

      • Bharat says:

        Err! J-10 short legged, not again.
        It has a shorter range than Su 30 MKK/I but far better than JF-17.

  7. jimmy says:

    OGA HENRY
    Please I beg let us not buy any J-10 .Nigeria needs to buy a plane that it can call it’s own there is nothing worthy of buying a plane on Sunday and on Monday you are tinkering with it tomake it do what you wanted it to do in the first place.
    I would rather see the ALPHA jets than see the F-7N 2.0 REVISED EDITION . I take God beg una. that would be a deal OBJ would be delighted with,.

  8. beegeagle says:

    For our requirements, the J10 is but a homeland defence asset which is even more short-legged than the F7. If my brother Henro is flying a kite, I suggest he shoots it down.

    Any lead jet for the NAF which cannot undertake a combat mission with a return flight radius of 2,500km is USELESS to us. We should be moving FULLY forward – same way T72 AVs, CH-3A UACVs, BTR-3s and BTR-4s represent a clear move forward.

    The NAF should spend the outlay intended for forty JF-17s on

    – twelve pre-owned Su-30 jets
    – twenty four new JF-17 jets

    That is the precise mix which will register the NAF as a top gun airforce and defend our interests at home, in our near-neighbourhood and in the sub-regions around us.

    We say a TOTAL no to yet another homeland defence jet. We need to do more than that. Time to show the face which will send a clear message that if you threaten Nigeria’s interest at home or abroad, we have the reach to make it count.

    What kind of timidity would make us settle for a jet which cannot fly one-way from ABJ to LAG? Do the NAF seek growth or the service wishes to remain a toddler for life? Going from being one of only seven or so airforces to possess armed drones to latching on to a jet with a timid, provincial reach?

  9. rka says:

    The only way a limited range aircraft can be considered is if there are air to air refuelling platform orders placed at the same time.

  10. jimmy says:

    Moving on:
    Part 1
    OGA BEEGS thank you for sharing the thread with us about “The commissioning ceremony of NNS Okpabana and three other warships, in Lagos on February19, 2015”.
    There is no question America put this picture to get an honest response from this blog which despite your DIFFERENCES and other bloggers they appear to swallow some hard truths from this page.
    1.Nigeria
    2. Egypt
    3.Algeria
    These are the only African countries of note that spend/ or are projected to spend > $1B none of which will go to the U.S. and will further dilute American/ British Influence among the three nations.
    1. Cameroon
    2. Chad
    3. Ghana
    These are the three Nations where American influence is projected to grow over the next coming years.Two out of the three are ruled by Tight fisted Tyrants who make no pretense about democracy and the type of power they exert would make the most SCHIZOPHRENIC Mafia boss weep with envy and wet himself. Recently America gave Cameroon Equipment wonder whether there were some hummers and F-16s Involved.
    Out of the big three Two are projected to have $1T G.D.P economies within the next 10 years.
    I personally viewed a town house in Ikoyi LAGOS valued @ $1m meaning real estate is going to be one of the pillars of the alternative Economy in Nigeria, these ARE THE INDICES not the B.S. Because Money talks and Bull—- walks
    Recently Egypt SECURED A $5.2b contract with France and to further ENHANCE the OVERPRICED deal they WENT HOT meaning PLANES that were meant for the French Airforce were instead set aside for the Egyptian airforce.
    America is losing influence not just to the Chinese , Russians but now also to the French.
    I try not to read to much into RUN- OF THE MILL visits by out going French Ambassadors but when he is accorded he PRESIDENTIAL send -off it does arch my eye brow a little bit.
    Recently Nigeria acquired at least more than one Gazelle and its recent UPGRADED pumas were UPGRADED again according to the CAS, This in itself is not A BIG DEAL, it is the parting words of the French Ambassador that Nigerians and Americans should pay ATTENTION TOO
    Nigeria is very important to the French, There are 250 french companies doing biz in Nigeria, ….. just because we ( the French) have done certain things in the past as per Francophone Countries does not mean it will be done in the future.
    Final tid bits
    Trade between China and Nigeria (2014) $18B
    Trade between Russia and Nigeria (2015) >$ 1b-$2b ( STRICTLY arms)
    OGA AREJAMES
    Nigeria is not projected to buy any more DEFENSIVE opvs anytime soon , next armed will be
    1) FRIGATES
    2) More armed DRONES
    3) Subs- regardless of whether GEJ or BUHARI is in power.
    End of Moving on Part 1.

  11. drag_on says:

    Oga rka,
    If you recall,the Egyptian ambassador asked for our help with ISIS in Libya.But seriously,what could we possibly do? Libya is 2700km from here and none of our assets can get there. That, my oga, is a diplomatic blackeye.We are diplomaticaly limp because we are militarily impotent where such a range is concerned. What does that say about our UN security council aspirations?
    Entry level SU27s’ for ground attack we are shying from but we can’t seem to see the diplomatic cost.

    When we were using mig21s’,alpha jets and jaguars,were they not top tier in their day? Even 80s’Aradu is still formidable today much less then. Still, chad still tested us then,how much more now?We rested too much on past glory and got caught-out and humiliated by bokoharam. Do we really expect to get a security council seat with a home-defence military posture? See dream.

    • rka says:

      Oga drag_on, I don’t disagree with you, that’s why I said if the aircraft has limited range, air to refuelling capability is the minimum requirement. I include theJF-17 in this category.

      I sincerely hope the powers that be are looking at the Su-27/30 range as a minimum if we are to be taken seriously again.

      BH embarrassment can be put squarely on defence planners not learning lessons from previous experiences and formulating the right defence policy.

      If after this we don’t learn how to prepare and plan for future conflicts, both asymmetrical and conventional, then it has just been a waste of time.

      I include preparing a police counter terrorism special forces unit integrated into the countries special forces set-up into the planning process.

  12. beegeagle says:

    Wonders shall never cease. If you are watching NTA NEWS at 9pm, did you notice the BBC advert a few minutes ago? Wetin happen?

    Hmn..live the story!!šŸ™‚. Nice one o.

  13. jimmy says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/234146-nigeria-and-us-must-work-together-to-fight-boko-haram
    Moving on part2
    There have been some speculative suggestion from unofficial sources that Nigeria and the US can work together as recently as last month on NIGERWORLD .COM A US army general was quoted as saying the US STANDS SHOULDER TO SHOULDER with Nigeria, the OUTGONE AFRICOM Commander GEN HAM in an interview given on CNN also expressed the desire and hope that both countries could get a better relationship.
    The recent Acquisition of the NN Okpabana and the help the US has provided concerning the coastal radar system is also noteworthy.
    Nigeria in a rapprochement move also voted recently at the UN security council to favor a position taken by the US also in ISRAEL’S interests.
    Officials stated that they have not received any requests from the Nigerian govt, the letter from the Ambassador not puts the ball in their court.
    Nigeria needs LETHAL AID NOT PONTIFICATION NOT SILLY IDEAS ABOUT BUILDING A CONSULATE IN KANO
    Nigeria should pay for it in cold hard cash, govt to govt,
    America needs to also understand BORNO IS NOT THE POOREST STATE IN Nigeria that belongs to ZAMFARA STATE also you cannot practice democracy if there is no law and order in that state.
    Unlike what one of their GENERALS said ABOUT bh vs Nigeria , BH is steadily being decimated, degraded and being destroyed- and it has not a lot to do with the CHADIAN ARMY
    America and Nigeria need to stop lying and deceiving one another and work to a common goal of the mutual destruction of VIOLENT, extremists groups that threaten the interests of both countries.
    The only group of people that benefit when both countries are at FLAG POLE DISTANCES APART are boko haram and isis it is in both countries strategic interests to work together to destroy boko haram , then Nigeria can work on a Marshall plan for the North East corner.

  14. jimmy says:

    *now puts the ball in their court*

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