NNS SAGBAMA, a Chinese-built (modified Type 062) 47m patrol ship donated by the Chinese in 2015

NNS ANDONI, crafted with pride in the Federal Republic of Nigeria hy Nigerian naval architects and engineers

NNS PROSPERITY, a 65 metre 1,020 ton ex-Irish Naval Force OPV

NNS OLOGBO A502 (foreground), a 1,041 ton ex-US Foast Guard patrol ship donated to Nigeria in 2003. In the background, NNS CENTENARY, a 1,800 ton Chinese-built OPV(right) anchored beside two 3,250 ton patrol ships(NNS Thunder and NNS Okpabana) donated by the United States Coast Guard, post-2010.

A pair of SUNCRAFT(Singapore) 17 metre MANTA MK.II ASD Littoral Interceptors. These are typically armed with Singapore Technologies Kinetics CIS-50 12.7mm heavy machine guns


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  1. Henry says:

    Oga beeg, Please what vessels are NNS Benin and NNS Badagry?

  2. beegeagle says:

    Merry Xmas, gentlemen.

    NNS BENIN is a 25 metre Shaldag Mk.II Fast Patrol Craft while NNS BADAGRY is a 24 metre OCEA FPB 72 Mk.II Fast Patrol Craft.

  3. okomonika says:

    Hi, guys what has happened to our 6 fast attack crafts?

  4. We thank God that the navy has been getting platforms but it’s nt a true blue navy, still seems like a coast guard. How strong and effective is our Naval airwing sef?

  5. Augustine says:

    From all available indications, and unless FG wakes up with a new vision backed up with cash for naval procurement 2016…

    Expect NO submarine
    Expect NO guided missile frigate/corvette
    Expect NO anti-submarine helicopter
    Expect NO Landing/Amphibious ops ship, LST, LPD, LHD

    ….but expect two to four guided missile fast attack crafts of MPV size

    Final eternal fate of NNS Aradu will depend on technical evaluation if okay to refit or just retire it to die. Refit could be as stripped down gun armed OPV or as missile armed frigate depending on the evaluations and amount of funds available.

    Meanwhile, President Buhari should visit Algeria 2016 and ask to see their Navy combat fleet for the sake of ‘African comparison’.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      Oga Augustine, the amount budgeted for defence is quite small, so by the time salaries are done, there will be little or nothing left for acquisitions this year.
      At circa $150 million, I doubt that NNS Aradu will be refitted either.

      Our answer to dollar challenges should be to do more in-house building/upgrading, the current economic struggles offer us opportunities. For the navy, the pacesetter is the locally designed and manufactured seaward defence boat, NNS Andoni which is already serving the navy.

      We can take the building of boats like NNS Andoni a step further in three broad ways:
      1. Build bigger and better ship building facilities.
      2. Develop in-house electronics capabilities to equip the boats.
      3. Extend the Amebo/Gulma systems to watercraft, to give Nigeria indigenous capabilities in as amphibious drones, ROV’s etc.

      We can do similar for the infantry to extend the Amebo/Gulma electronics systems with the Igigirigi (or some suitable quad chassis) to create our own autonomous infantry fighting vehicles. Combat robots have already been used in anger (Latakia, Syria) and are the future:

  6. xnur44 says:

    Merry Christmas to Beeg & every commenter on this Blog, God Bless.

  7. Kola Adekola says:

    Merry Christmas my Oga’s.

  8. rka says:

    Merry Xmas to one and all.

    Oga Beeg, do you know what ships (boats) were received from Sri Lanka?

    “He commended the Navy for the acquisition of more ships, especially for the 30 most recent ones already in Nigeria from Sri Lanka.”

      • Nah! We musnt buy these, craft this small should be constructed in Nigeria. We have companies that can do the job

      • Are James says:

        IPCs are strictly not ships and yes we can build them cheaper in Nigeria.

      • beegeagle says:

        My brother, do not be deceived. We have set our sights so low that even skiffs are now called ships in Nigeria. So sad.

        We almost certainly acquired thirty units of these 15m platforms from Sri Lanka. Oh no, those are not ships at all. Sri Lanka manufacture Arrow boats(about 6m) with which they swarmed Sea Tigers.

        They also manufacture a local variant of the SHALDAG known as the Colombo class boats. You bet that Nigeria do not have the heart to buy thirty units of Colombo (Shaldag) FACs in one loop. We are too faint-hearted to do big stuff.

        Once upon a time, I heard a 38m Sea Eagle OPC listed as a capital ship. That is what happens when a navy is so ruthlessly starved of consequential platforms.

        A navy with two frigates, four corvettes and six large missile craft as of 1990 is now one without a torpedo or missile. How wont a skiff look like a destroyer 🙂 ?? Really saddens.

  9. Centenary says:

    Wast of funds,proforce can do a better job than those canoe that they call boats

    • Are James says:

      They are delivering at USD140,000 with Radar and navigation equipment..are you really sure ProForce can deliver at those terms?

      Anyway reading through the article what the Navy wants is the manufacturing blueprints , licenses and operational / maintenance skills to standardise on this class for IPCs. We probably need up to 200 of these machines eventually.

  10. Henry says:

    The Navy ordered 70 boats in all, 30 have so far been delivered.

    It is amusing that we are buying boats Nigerian companies including the Nigerian Navy itself can build with her eyes closed, I mean Modant marine, Proforce Defence, West-African Ship Yards and a host of other local vessel builders can very well build these vessels without batting an eye.

  11. buchi says:


  12. jimmy says:

    After reading through the article it appears there are a couple of things PROFORCE cannot do
    ”Radar and navigation equipment..”
    There is also a need for a Naval training peculiar to the Sri Lankan Navy versus the now defunct Tamil tigers where Naval battles could quickly switch from the high Seas to the Shallow waters and creeks
    It also appears that this was an outcome of the Invitation extended to the Sri Lankan Armed forces by the out gone GEJ Administration.
    Having said all these things there has being a lot of talk of the coastal radar systems in the last couple of days as in the need for more that need to be set up in the recently created fobs. , IMHO all N aval commanders should have first class training on Radar systems as well as Nightly patrols.
    Finally it behooves proforce or any other Naval ship building corporation to incorporate the building of Radar and GPS systems into their ships that they want to sell to the Navy or anyone else ..

    • Henry says:

      Oga Jimmy, there is absolutely nothing complex in adding a Radar or GPS to a boat. It is literally one of the easier things to do.

      All a manufacturer needs to do is order the Radars, and that’s all, how do you think the Navy installed the Radar on NNS Andoni?

      • jimmy says:

        Please Forgive my ignorance Oga Henry, as you know we are on the same page about Made in Nigeria , no squabbles there ,but questions need to be asked , can Proforce engineer a Radar system that is truly made in Nigeria and then incorporate into a GPS system and deliver. Perhaps we need to up the bar also on them. Instead of us just focusing on the lack of funds.

  13. Mr. Trigger says:

    Seasons Greetings Cyber-Generals.
    As 2015 rounds up and 2016 rolls-up, what is the verdict in Nigerias performance. Was 2015 a wasted year or a success? Not just militarily but in all aspect.

    i wonder if the Nigerian country-state learnt anything at all through-out the year.
    *What was our gain?
    *What was our weakness?
    *Was corruption curtailed?
    *Where can we improve on?
    *What should we abolish?
    *What steps should we take next?

    This are the issues that plague my mind.

    From the 2016 budget outlined recently, i dont forsee a vibrant or energetic weapons procurement or development posture.

    Since the BH conflict is winding down, we will probably be seeing more ‘business as usual’ body language.

    Happy new year!

  14. Henry says:

    Oga jimmy, we cannot “re-invent the wheel in late december of 2015”. This technology already exists in the market. The radars in those tiny boats the navy is bringing in aren’t made in Sri-lanka.

    The Radars in NNS Centenary/Unity are british, the 4 engines of both Centenary and Unity are German. The Saab Gripen Fighter has 50% of it’s parts imported from the U.S and UK. 70% of the parts of the Super-Tucano are imported from the U.S.

    Those boats are not better than the boats Nigerian companies and fabricators make, buying 70 boats from Sri-lanka when we could easily tax local Nigerian companies to build them is shortsightedness and an astonishing waste of FX.

  15. Augustine says:

    Most powerful navy in Africa in year 1980s….Nigerian navy !!!

    Who would dare NN in 1980s ? four warships with 40 Otomat anti-ship missiles, dozens of Exocet AShM, dozens of Aspide BVR anti-aircraft missiles, dozens of Sea Cat SAMs, dozens of anti-submarine torpedoes, 3 radar/sonar/homing torpedo armed anti-submarine warfare helicopters…..who would dare Nigerian navy in the 1980s ? Who in Africa ? Nobody !

    Today, 2015…..Nigerian navy is downgraded to water police ! Hundreds of patrol gun boats, no more missiles, no ASW capability, no submarine in 21st century.

    Pity…pity…pity your navy, President Buhari, please pity your navy.

  16. Augustine says:

    The recent call in some news media for a Nigerian coast guard is a good one. The cheating of the Nigerian navy by the Federal Govrnment is enough. You give Nigerian navy annual budget allocations and instruct them to buy marine police, marine customs, and NIMASA equipment to do anti-crime jobs.

    The navy is there only to help those paramilitary agencies to tackle any special occasional threat from heavily armed criminals who are able to resist 12.7mm, 20mm, and 76mm guns of marine police and coast guards. Such sea criminals will be very rare anyway. Simple NIMASA operated IPV/MPV boat with 20mm cannon will demolish any pirate boat. If the pirates have a big ocean going ship, a coast guard OPV 76mm gun warning shot will tell them that the embassy of hell is not very far away, visa is instant and free.

    A navy is for warfare, sea to air, sea to sea, sea to sub-sea, sea to land combat, that is the job of a navy, NOT chasing sea thieves and robbers around in the name of anti-piracy and anti-oil theft operartions. See all the naval exercises we do with foreign countries, all anti-piracy, so does Nigerian navy know how to fight a real war anymore?

    They have ZERO modern naval combat training today, the last one was 30 years ago and almost all of those operation Sea Dog naval men in service then have retired from the navy by now.

    For the past 15 years, the annual Navy budgetary allocation cash for guided missile frigates, submarines, and ASW helicopters has been diverted to buying patrol boats of all types and sizes, fuel for daily patrol of the EEZ and delta creeks…..for the past 15 years….So the Federal Government of Nigeria has wrecked our navy’s combat capability which is it’s primary constitutional duty according to the Nigerian constitution. May I say, the 15 year old diversion of Naval funding from building sea warfare capability, to water police and customs duties is a silent violation of the Nigerian constitution.

  17. ifiok umoeka says:

    Greetings great Beegeaglians! Merry Christmas (though belated) to everyone especially Beeg the great abd every contributor/commentor! May God keep u strong! May ur wits not fail u! May u enjoy peace!
    May next year bring it best to u and may we have cause to rejoice in our country! Cheers

  18. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Augustine, good point! I’d like to point out a supposed leper state (until recently) with an economy of $65 Billion and what they have been able to achieve in the def-sec space. Gentlemen, look up Myanmar!

  19. buchi says:

    maiduguri under attack again, housing estate, high court ,jiddari and adawari area witnessing heavy engagement, situation fluid. this bastards really want to prove incibility rubbish.
    but still someone needs to knock lia Mohammed . my. personal opinion thou

  20. Ola says:

    A belated Merry Christmas and a happy new year to beegeagle contributors. May I just say that it is sad that Nigeria has gone to Sri Lanka to buy Inshore patrol crafts? As a matter of policy, any vessel, that is 100 meters and below should be built in Nigeria. Places like NigerDock has the facility to handle any vessel that is 5000 tons in their dry dock and vessels up to 25,000 tons can be taken into their graving dock. This is a company that does construction for various private firms and even on short notice would deliver these IPCs to specification and without the hassles of having to transact business in dollars particularly at this time of unstable economy and devalued Naira. Nigerian Navy ship yard, Almarine or Suncraft would also deliver good products to Nigeria and if NN wants armoured boat, proforce or other amourers can be brought in to armour what has been bought.
    So much for job creation, domestic supply of needs and development of military industrial complex that the government is talking about.
    Nigeria has installed capacity to build the hull and super structure of frigates today, what are lacking are manufacturing companies for engines and electronics and these can be imported from basically hundreds of suppliers across the globe. There is already installed local capacity to meet many of the military needs for land systems and naval vessels today in Nigeria but I suppose foreign is always better and buying in dollars is good for the business of some, not to talk of the kick backs many middle men get from lucrative, dubious arms deals.
    The day Nigeria choses to be great, that day the country will be great through job creation and wealth distribution brought about by the employment local capacity to meet a large part of the local needs in all aspects of the society.

    • Ola says:

      To build a frigate today, you need the hull and super structure (naval architects can clone Aradu or any of the cutters donated to Nigeria for this) and companies that have expertise in marine welding can work alongside NN engineers who built Andoni to deal with problems encountered with Andoni, you need the engines and electronics (navigational, radars and weapons systems), these can be contracted out to foreign experts who come to locally install these things alongside Nigerian engineers, you need offensive and defensive gun and missile systems, these again can be imported from suppliers abroad. Usually, these are supplied in modules and can be customised to suit your needs and made to work in synchrony with installation of electronics.
      This way you have built your own vessels domestically with local capacity, gained expertise and knowledge in new areas and subsequent processes would even be simpler.
      For FACs, IPCs, patrol vessels, gun boats…all small vessels, they should be built completely at home routinely. Navigational and operational systems can be bought without questions from numerous companies like BAE systems, Russian, German and French companies.

      • Centenary says:

        Oga ola God bless you for that

        Our obession for foreign product is making me super mad,are we caused as a nation to forever be dependent on others?

      • eyimola says:

        You need a domestic ship building and steel industry to build a naval vessel of the size you are talking about. The human resource might be present, but it takes a bit more thn that. Nigeria needs to build a few more Seeward defence vessels before we can start talking about capital ships

      • Augustine says:

        I will want to go along with Oga Jimmy’s opinion on training. Nigerian Navy may just be playing smart game of give and take, who knows? NN can buy $6 million worth of IPV from Sri Lanka in the spirit of give and take to get some extra technology/engineering skills transfer on how those IPVs are built, maintained, used in sea operations, and then maybe Nigerian Navy SBS and Navy riflemen will get training tactics and strategy on how Sri Lankan Navy defeated the powerful Tamil Tiger insurgency and set a modern day world record in war history.

        I won’t complain if the 30 boats are also purchased as a matter of desperate urgency because Proforce manufacturing rate is still slow, see their small factory and few workers in the official Website videos. How long will it take them to produce 30 gunboats in Ijebu Ode?

        Oil theft in Nigerian waters is damaging the economy robbing us of hundreds of millions of dollars. The Navy needs more IPV, but much more MPV and long range patrol/interceptor helicopters like the naval variant of the bigger AW 139 with its 6 hours flight endurance. The Nigerian Navy also needs the light aircraft Diamond D42 MP variant, its very cheap at about $ 1 million to $ 2 million per unit depending on payload equipment types, radar, TV camera, FLIR options….. the flight endurance of about 10 hours is enough to patrol oil and gas pipelines all over Niger Delta and find pipeline vandals killing our economy.

        My worries are :

        1. Lack of standardization by NN. Too many types of boats with different engines from different countries of import, creating maintenance nightmares for Nigerian Navy engineers. How many different spare parts shall we stock and how many different repair technicians shall we need to train?

        2. Deliberate sabotage of dozens of Navy vessels by naval officers as revealed recently by NN cheif of staff. I think some officers who do sabotage are on the payroll of oil thieves or they themselves have illegal oil bunkering business. NN should court martial, demote in rank and jail any officer who breaks maintenance rules as scheduled by manufacturer for the vessel.

        3. Training with Sri Lankan Navy to get their Tamil war experience in the creeks and swamps. Sending 100 SBS men to just learn. Why not send the officers who train our SBS and regular riflemen? Let the trainers go learn and come back to develop written theoretical/practical amphibious COIN training modules to be added to Nigeria Navy training curriculum for all SBS and naval riflemen, preserved and instituted knowledge/skills to be passed down from generation to generation of our military, a lasting legacy of amphibious counter insurgency warfare based on real war experience of Sri Lankan military Vs Tamil Tiger insurgents.

        Nigeria by now, should be the Afican COIN center for experience based modern training . Other individual African countries, United Nations,
        ECOWAS, African Union, etc should be paying us millions of dollars to train their COIN troops.

        Let Nigerian military not remain on square one forever, always needing training from the same old British colonial masters.

        My 2 kobo suggestions.

      • Capt Tobias says:

        Dear Oga Augustine, good scenarios, but let hold on to the facts as they are, There is a core of guys that do not what things bought or made in Nigeria because of the economical opportunities that come with foreign purchases, buying that number of boats from outside our shores is plain stupid or criminal just like the on going arms scandal, when you consider that we are entering a period of serious financial constrains with oil projected to maybe go to under $20 a barrel after the US and Saudi go ahead to finally saturate the demand/supply, The number of unemployed youths of our country which the president gave a figure of 75% of the population and under 35yrs (educated and uneducated), it is inconceivable who the military claims to protecting and whose interest that is servicing, if we break ourselves from inside. The amounts we are talking about is enough to set up a local production line and actually get a number of the local boys out of the ND to do some work and have a profession.
        The countries we are trying to emulate and talk the talk like them, do not think this way and that is how they got to the position they are today to be able to sell boats to us. ( we have nigerdock and many other outfits capable of producing these things). Maybe we need an embargo like that of South Africa during the bush wars or the type that forced Iran to go places. If this are the conceived thoughts coming out of the highly placed decision makers then we are are in serious trouble. this boat issue should not even have come up. The battle between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri lanka forces was purely their own home grown strategy and intelligent application of knowledge collect over the conflict years, (they did not beg for help or bring in any special equipment to swing the battle) and I was in personal contact and knew a number of colleagues and field commanders who very actively took part, They had no magic wand, they used their brains like we also have, We can easily appear in the same light if we choose to use it and stop being lazy and looking for greener lawns across the wall.
        I feel the aerial of Fixed wing surveillance should be left to the NAF assets/resources in Benin as of now. The DA42 costs over $4M with proper scanners/equipments ( Effective military grade FLIR cost easily $500,000.00, then you need re-wiring, up grade the power generation output of the DA42MMP to 28 Volts and other modification, the airframe also has a limitation on the payload for adequate maritime ops ( I have used the MMP outside Nigeria on contract), for maritime efficiency you need to also install live streaming units and an AIS system for precise vessel identification and profiling real time. We have to also consider how much flight operational experiences or hours are allocated to NAF/NN crew for safe and effective operation of there platforms. An average fighter/combat pilot should fly 10 – 15 hours a month after type course qualification, are we doing that ? That is a very big problem, the guys that did so well in Liberia, had flown their hearts out and really knew their aircraft and did things you could not imagine with the A-jet, having spent time with the Luftwaffe units in Europe before the conflict , and flying continuous sorties out Yola, kainji (AK – Aggressor formation of Yola ), even the USN was given a front seat jaw dropping call in the Liberian waters in regards to their unbelievable low level flying abilities.
        It would also be interesting to know that Syria was at the receiving end of the war when it ran out of shells for it big gun during the assault on Alepo, the nations money was no longer flowing like before, courtesy the west’s banking systems and embargoes on Assad. They were only saved by the Russians. In short we can loss a war by being reckless and unintelligent with our spending. We have no business buying boats.
        Now is the time to wake up that we still have some financial room to maneuver before the oil finally goes south. Even NNPC has woken up and started putting the refineries on line, our military has to do then same. We at times loss focus on the those benefitting from the chaos in the NE, as long as it goes on no oil prospecting or drilling. I love the way the west never losses it’s focus and remains tenacious, Only if we could look ahead and be more strategic in this procurements.

  21. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Augustine, while we are speculating as usual because of our “secretive” doctrine, I do agree with ur point 1, 2 and 3! I salute u

  22. ifiok umoeka says:

    However, buying inland patrol boats from anyone is a non starter, not in 2015, not after Andoni! Radar, nav and stabilized RWS can be purchased of the shelf and fitted.
    We don’t need to buy Sri Lankan boats to cooperate with them in the Special Operations space. We can cross-train, exchange or like u said train the trainers.

  23. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Ola, ur accuracy and clarity on issues of national security and interest stands u out as one of my personal heroes on this blog. Pls keep on keeping on! Cheers

    Oga Eyimola, I respect ur hustle! Oga, we do have a ship building and steel industry and that we don’t have all the components (Ajakuta comes to mind) doesn’t mean we don’t have a steel industry! Many countries produce military grade steel commercially. We can and do buy in the interim otherwise, how else do u think all the marine engineering and petroleum support companies get their steel and aluminum? They buy!
    That said, enough of the talk on industrialization, key component like steel, aluminum, petro-chem and power should be tackled for good! We need to move beyond this and get to nano-carbon composite, laser welding and 3D printing processes! The world is not exactly waiting for us!

  24. ifiok umoeka says:

    Look what them Arabs are doing (point in case UAE, Jordan, Egypt and Algeria) in the manufacturing space. Their local content percentage in any major arms procurement is massive.

    Or perhaps they have too much oil and too little population bla bla bla! Ok, let’s look @ Myanmar AKA Burma! My grandpa fought there, odds are that ur grandpa did too! After decades of political instability, active insurgency and international sanctions, they have manage to build a 3000tn STEALTH frigate locally with help from China, Russia and India and armed it with Chinese and Russian missile, an Italian main gun and Indian radar and electronics. This in nothing short of impressive! Check out the kyan shitta class vessels of which 2 have been completed and are active with construction lasting only 2 years! The have between 3 to 6 more planned! Not to mention their stealth corvette and FACs! Meanwhile, our defense budget trumps their significantly but for lack of vision and ambition, we can proudly mouth of buying boats (and calling them ships to the ignorant) from Sri Lanka! Hmm

  25. ifiok umoeka says:

    I don’t expect us to build a nuclear sub 2moro, but I hope to see us set up a time line to build vessels from zodiac boats to frigates and amphibious carriers say over 10 years and to put the necessary frame work to effect it! We will need help and we need to be prepared to pay for it. This includes but not limited to poaching experienced hands from Greece, the former Yugoslavia and Ukraine as well as shipping giants like Denmark, Italy, China and South Korea! We must send the tutors of Maritime Academy of Nigeria to the world maritime university in Sweden to upgrade in Naval architecture, marine engineering and marine systems engineering as well as upgrade it (MAN) to a maritime university!

    The expertraites should be given a 5-8yrs contract and seconded both to the maritime university as well as select shipyards both military and civilian.
    The navy’s marine engineers (including retirees who are still capable must be involved in this.

    All of these in a concerted effort to attain some sufficiency in ship building with the goal of building a stealth escort type ship, a coastal sub and a LSH in 10yrs

  26. ifiok umoeka says:

    True my brother! I hope we don’t have to wait for adversity to unleash our ingenuity.

  27. rka says:

    At least local industry is involved in IPC construction.

    “The two mine counter vessels; NNS OHUE and BARAMA have also been reintroduced into the NN fleet after extensive local refit. The NN has ordered for 30 inshore patrol boats from indigenous manufacturer in the first instance to enhance operational effectiveness and promote local content development.

    “About 70 more from the manufacturer and from Sri Lanka as well as other countries will hopefully join the fleet before the end of the first quarter of 2016. With these acquisitions, and the choke points control regime, the NN will be better positioned to dominate our brown waters, thus creating a secured area for legitimate economic activities,” he said.

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