Stingray gunboats and landing craft, built by Suncraft(Singapore) and well-armed with Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 12.7mm heavy machine guns


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  1. Roscoe says:

    Amphibious capability, the basics of a QRF… Especially since most of the world is covered by water. This is good stuff. From what I understand Nigeria deployed battalion sized forces amphibiously in S.Leone and Liberia. Can we use this in shallow water (less than 5 feet?)

    • Are James says:

      We used old rusty LSTs in Liberia and Sierra Leone. I am not aware that there were beach landings on small landing gun boats a larger Normandy. Nigeria landed troops inside a commercial port after shelling the place like shege from Naval guns.
      The airforce Alpha jets also laid out suppressing air strikes on enemy positions.
      I believe that was how we did it.

      • Roscoe says:

        Thanks for the details on how it went down.

      • saleh says:

        thinking about it, its easier to land troops on a beach than at a defended port. yes it was done with our old LST. however, the most important thing is that the objective was achieved with minimum own casualty if you doubt ask our western friends if they wont have preferred a port on WWII d-day. Amphibious capability does not aways mean it must be a beach landing

    • beegeagle says:

      These operate in depths of 0.9-1m. That is why they are flat-bottom…less draught. The thrust-vectoring Manta ASD Littoral Interceptors can also handle such shallow depths.

  2. Are James says:

    Now is the time to force this Singapore Kinetics International, a commercially savvy defence operator integrating products from third world sources into good systems and meeting delivery schedules to do something locally. We should demand no less than a small ship yard as a joint venture to turn out Manta class boats and also maintenance.

  3. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    This can easily be built in Nigeria and young people here can come up with a better design, just an opportunity for someone to make money over national interest.

  4. ray says:

    Slovak Bozena mine clearing units heading for Nigeria 2015-05-18 23:27:37
    BRATISLAVA, May 18 (Xinhua) — Slovak producer of minesweeping equipment, Way Industries, on Monday announced it signed a contract to supply five Bozena mine clearing units to Nigeria.

    “We’ve just received the results of a tender in Bangladesh in which Slovakia’s Bozena won as well. We’re analyzing the details of the tenders as we speak,” the company’s general director Bohuslav Lipovsky said Monday.

    Apart from regular supplies of mine clearing equipment, the firm specializes in consulting and training soldiers. “Our expert team recently returned from the Golan Heights (Israel), where we provide a tailor-made mine clearing system. Apart from project work, we also provide consultations and training,” said Lipovsky.

  5. beegeagle says:

    With a delta which opens up into the Atlantic, which is one-third the size of Uganda and with 3014 creeks and waterways, the amphibious and littoral warfare skills of the Nigerian Army which commenced amphibious operations in 1967,is right now engaged in daily littoral and amphibious operations in Africa’s largest
    delta and which has even executed massive amphibious landings in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cameroon


    ” Amphibious landings by the Nigerian marines led by Major Isaac Adaka Boro captured the Niger Delta cities of Bonny, Okrika and Port Harcourt on 26 July 1967. The Bonny landing of July 1967 was hailed as the first such operation by any Third World country.

    The 3 Marine Commando landing at Bonny was the first large scale amphibious operation planned and executed by the Nigerian Armed Forces. The troops were hurriedly assembled and launched
    into operation. Quite a number of them suffered sea sickness which impacted negatively on their fighting efficiency. The casualties suffered during the landing were attributed to inadequate sea familiarisation by the troops.

    This was followed by the Delta Ports Amphibious Operations in September 1967 to recapture the riverside ports of Warri, Koko and Sapele from the Biafrans.

    Another major operation was mounted on 19 October 1967 to liberate Calabar by November 1967, followed by the amphibious landing of the 3 Marine Commandos at a beachhead in Oron to capture the mainland of Cross River State”

    end of quote

    Welcome to what we knew and executed nearly half- a-century ago..not at battalion-strength but a giant-sized army division of 30,000 men.


    Nigerian Civil War Amphibious Operations

    Amphibious Army-Navy assault at Bonny on July 26,1967.

    This opposed beach landing operation also involved the use of merchant ships from the Nigerian National Shipping Line. It was the first joint Army-Navy combat operation in post-colonial

    Joint amphibious Army-Navy operations at Escravos, Koko, Youngtown, Sapele and Warri during operations to clear the Midwest. (August and September 1967)


    These landings were mostly unopposed.


    Operation Tiger-Claw: Joint amphibious Army-Navy assault on Calabar on October 18, 1967.


    Joint amphibious assault on Oron, March 1968.


    This was the first full coordinated triservice joint operation, involving the NA, NN and NAF.


  6. beegeagle says:

    Yeah Roscoe, those boats can handle shallow depths of 0.9-1m. That is about 3 feet.

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