2013 was a very busy year for the Nigerian Navy. The Nigerian Chief Vice Adm. Dele Ezeoba reviewed the year by highlighting some of the key operations and plans for the future.Nigerian Navy destroyed 1,556 illegal oil refineries and arrested 1,646 suspects in 2013, reports allafrica.com citing the Nigerian Navy Chief.Pictured NNS Thunder Nigerian Navy frigate.
According to local media, the first of two offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Nigerian Navy was delivered today at the China Shipbuilding & Offshore International Company (CSOC)'s Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan, China.
First Seaward Defence Boat of Nigerian Navy NNS Andoni.Over last year Nigerian Navy took delivery of 3 OCEA patrol boats,3 Manta Fast Patrol Boats & 2 Shaldag patrol craft.Build ongoing on 2 Chinese offshore patrol vessels,1 built in China & other at Naval Shipyard in Nigeria.Nigeria also building 38metre Seaward Defence Boat.Refitting NNS Ekun fast attack craft,NNS Ohue & NNS Barama minesweepers & soon refit NNS Yola & NNS Brass patrol craft.In addition,3 inshore patrol craft to reactivate.
Nigerian Navy has recently expanded its fleet of warships with a former United States Coast Guard cutter. The vessel NNS Okpabana, once named USCGC Gallatin, entered Nigerian waters on January 2 for its formal reception in Lagos. Prior to joining the Navy’s fleet, the vessel underwent a $8.5 million refurbishment. According to defenceWeb, NNS Okpabana is the second Hamilton class cutter donated to Nigeria by the US.