A new Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Nigerian Navy was launched on Monday, 27 January 2014 in Wuhan - China by the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan. The call sign of the OPV is F91. The First Lady also performed the Hull formation of the second OPV being built by the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Limited.
Speaking at the occasion, Mrs Jonathan noted that the event was a demonstration of the commitment and resolve of the present administration to establish a virile Navy capable of protecting Nigeria’s maritime domain. She explained that Mr President had shown great commitment to the rapid transformation of Nigeria, particularly with the approval for the recapitalization of the Nigerian Navy fleet to enable it address various maritime security challenges.
The First Lady emphasized that effective maritime security is vital to the realization of the Transformation Agenda of the present administration in Nigeria, in view of the fact that the country places significant velue on the economic benefits of its coastal and marine areas.
She expressed delight that the fitting-out of the second vessel would be completed at the Naval Shipyard in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, appealing to the officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy to continue to discharge their duties with utmost professionalism, loyalty and integrity.
The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin who was represented at the event by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor praised President Goodluck Jonathan for his commitment to entrench a robust and combat ready Navy.
Admiral Ogbor thereafter joined the First Lady and senior officials of China Shipbuilding and Offshore Company to cut the ribbon and break the traditional bottle of champagne for the ship launch. It will be recalled that the hull formation of the vessel was done in September last year.
The newly appointed Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Oyibe Jibrin took over the mantle of leadership of the Nigerian Navy as the 21st Chief of the Naval Staff on 20 January 2014 at the Naval Headquarters Abuja.
The former Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral DJ Ezeoba while delivering his valedictory speech, congratulated the CNS and thereafter enumerated some of his milestones. He therefore advised the CNS to diligently pursue some of the unaccomplished ones to a logical conclusion.
He further stated that the Navy under his watch had made tremendous efforts in areas of fleet reactivation and recapitalization, attained operational milestones, defence engagement initiative, concept and organisation and infrastructural development as well as human resource management and administration. He concluded by appreciating the Commander-in-Chief, His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for granting him the opportunity to serve the nation as CNS.
Responding, the CNS, Rear Admiral UO Jibrin thanked his predecessor for a successful tenure. He promised to assiduously work hard towards attaining the goals of the Nigerian Navy.
Several activities were outlined to mark the occasion. Some of them included, signing of the handing and taking over notes, handing over of the ceremonial telescope and decoration of the CNS with Admiralty medal. Others were the lowering and hoisting of the Admiral’s pennant, handing and taking over of the Admiral’s pennant as well as inspection of quarter guard by the CNS.
Present at the ceremony were the Director (Navy) Ministry of Defence, Principal Staff Officers, Flag Officers Commanding, Commanders of autonomous units and other invited guests.
In 2013, the Nigerian Navy (NN) in her efforts at ensuring sanctity of the Nigerian maritime environment, put in place robust mechanisms which include enhanced surveillance capability and response initiative to curb maritime crimes especially pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft amongst others. These actions have resulted in the arrest of over 33 vessels and 2,278 suspects for pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft and other related maritime offences. The table below shows the list of arrested vessels and their crew, owners and charterers that were involved in crude oil- related offences from January to December 2013.
Pertinently, in line with the Chief of the Naval Staff’s commitment to rid the Nigerian maritime space of illegalities, the general public is hereby advised to desist from committing pipeline/crude oil-related offences as the Nigerian Navy will continuously arrest and publish names of arrested vessels and their owners. Furthermore, the attention of the general public is hereby drawn to the Nigerian Navy Crude Oil Theft website www.cot.mil.navy.ng for more interactions on the war against pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft.
Nigerian Navy patrol teams in Bayelsa have intercepted and arrested 2 vessels suspected to be loaded with stolen crude oil at different locations in Southern Ijaw LGA. The first vessel, ST MARYANA was intercepted aground around Kolovama on the 23rd of December 2013 and effort to tow the vessel to the Forward Operating Base, Formoso is still on-going.
In a related development, the Navy Doo-Akpo patrol team intercepted and arrested MV ECLIPS with a crew of 9 Nigerians on the 26th of December, 2013 in Obi Creek. The vessel was loaded with over 870,000Litres of products suspected to be stolen crude oil. MV ECLIPS is currently in NN custody as further investigation is being carried out.
The Nigerian Navy (NN) 38m Seaward Defence Boat (SDB) project is a bold attempt at self-reliance in local construction of naval platforms. Since the Presidential directive at the commissioning of NNS ANDONI, the CNS, V Adm Ezeoba has left no stone unturned towards the construction of SDB 2.
The 38M SDB is presently under construction at the Naval Dockyard Limited (NDL). The project started with the construction of the inverted hull as a single unit, while the superstructure is being built as a separate entity. Upon completion of both units, they will now be welded together to achieve a single compact unit. The various segments of the superstructure have been fabricated and welded together.
On 22 Dec 13, history was made in the NN, when upon completion of the hull, it was turned from the inverted position to the upright position and placed on keel blocks. This is the first time this evolution has taken place in the history of the NN, and this was executed with a 100 percent Nigerian Team. The boat is now ready for the next stage of the project which includes; the welding of the superstructure, construction of tanks, piping systems, electrical installations and installation of propulsion machinery amongst others. The vessel is expected to be commissioned into the NN fleet in 2014.
The Nigerian Navy Ship THUNDER made history on the 18th of December, 2013 as she returned from Sydney, Australia where she participated in the Royal Australia Navy Centenary International Fleet Review. The Man of War which departed Nigerian waters on 8 August, 2013 was the only African Naval ship that participated in the centenary.
Apart from flying Nigeria’s flag in Sydney Australia where about 37 other navies participated in the centenary, the voyage afforded the Nigerian war ship the opportunity to engage in inter-naval training exercises, social and sporting activities that enriched the professional skills of the crew in diverse areas.
The elated Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba who received the ship on arrival from the International Fleet Review said NNS THUNDER and her crew have made Nigeria proud as worthy ambassadors. According to him, the Australian navy’s centenary had not only enabled the Nigerian Navy to showcase her potentials and professional capabilities but indeed had deepened the country’s foreign policy and accorded Nigeria a resounding international recognition as a maritime power especially in the sub-region.
Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans at the Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor, the Chief of Naval Staff reiterated the desire of the Nigerian Navy to continue to build on the achievements of the Centenary Fleet Review to enhance capability of the Nigerian Navy.
In his brief to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Captain Clement Atebi, the Commanding Officer of the ship said that THUNDER embarked on the voyage with 165 personnel comprising 5 females who also returned with the ship after spending a total of 4 months and 10 days. The ship made port calls to 8 countries among which were Angola, Congo, South Africa, Namibia and Mauritius.
A major breakthrough recorded by NNS THUNDER is that she has gone down memory lane as the first Nigerian Navy ship to have participated in International Fleet Review with female personnel fully active. Indeed, she broke the jinx and lend credence to the transformation in the Nigerian Navy which is vigorously empowering her female personnel to compete equally and fairly with their male counterparts.
It was indeed a momentous event as dignitaries and families of crew members celebrated the achievements of the ship amidst fanfare and rich cultural displays. Among the dignitaries who graced the reception ceremony at the Naval Base Jetty Apapa were Mrs. Vivian Ezeoba, National President of NOWA, representatives of Service Chiefs and IG of Police, former Chiefs of the Naval Staff, Vice Admirals VK Ombu, SO Afolayan, and II Ibrahim. Also at the reception ceremony were Flag Officers Commanding Western, Eastern and Naval Training Commands as well as Principal Staff Officers from the Naval Headquarters.
CALL FOR PROPOSAL ON PARTNERSHIP FOR MANAGEMENT OF THE NIGERIAN NAVY DIAGNOSTIC CENTRE OJO LAGOS AND NIGERIAN NAVY REFERENCE HOSPITAL CALABAR
NIGERIAN NAVY DIAGNOSTIC CENTRE OJO LAGOS
The Nigerian Navy (NN) established an ultra-modern diagnostic centre (DC) at Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos. The DC is housed in a storey building, the ground floor is dedicated to the Radio-diagnosis unit (RDU) while the upper floor houses the Pathology/Laboratory unit (PLU). The RDU is equipped with Conventional and Digital X-Ray machines, Ultrasound Scanners, a CT Scanner and an MRI machine amongst others. On the other hand, the PLU is equipped with automated machines for full range of haematological, biochemical and microbiology investigation. Both units are tastefully furnished and designed to produce a very conducive working environment for the staff and comfortable setting for clients.
To ensure the DC is managed and operated at the highest level compatible with global best practices, the NN desires to partner with private concerns with the requisite experience and exposure for its management. Intending partners are to forward a proposal to the Chief if the Naval Staff, Naval Headquarters, Area 7, Garki, Abuja.
The proposal may include the following:
a. Desired additional services and equipment.
b. Staff requirements and training.
c. The partner’s financial capability to engage in the venture.
d. The company’s profile and experience in managing similar centres.
e. Any other information considered useful.
If required, a tour of the DC may be allowed, on request, prior to presenting their proposals. Further information and clarification may be obtained through contact with the Director of Naval Medical Services by phone on +2348033065214 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIGERIAN NAVY REFERENCE HOSPITAL CALABER
The Nigerian Navy (NN) is developing an ultra-modern 100 – bed multispecialist hospital in Calabar, Cross River State. The hospital which is located on prime property along the major high – way into the city is to be developed into a centre of excellence on management of Trauma and Emergency Medicine. It will also serve as a regional referral centre for medical cases in the whole of South Eastern Nigeria.
The buildings and support infrastructure are nearing completion. However, to ensure that the hospital is managed and operated at the highest possible level in keeping with the global best practice, the NN desires to partner with reputable private concerns with the requisite skills, exposure and experience. Intending partners are to forward a proposal to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Naval Headquarters, Area 7, Garki, Abuja.
The following may be included in the proposal:
a. Desired modifications to the existing structure.
b. Choice/scope of medical equipment to provide.
c. Desired additional services.
d. Staff requirements and training.
e. The partner’s financial capability to engage in the venture.
f. The company’s profile and experience.
g. Any other information considered valuable.
If required, intending partners may be allowed, on request, to visit the hospital for an assessment tour prior to presenting their proposals. Further information and clarification may be obtained through contact with the Director of Naval Medical Services by phone on +2348033065214 or E-mail: email@example.com.
The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba has inaugurated the planning conference for an Exercise code –named “TSARON TEKU” at the conference room of the Naval Headquarters Abuja on 13 December 2013.
In his brief remark before declaring the deliberations open, the CNS who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans of the Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor welcomed the representatives of the five (5) participating countries namely, Cameroun, Togo, Ghana, Benin Republic and Nigeria to the brief. He then emphasised the need for affected countries in the sub region to look inwards in solving issues of maritime insecurity rather than always relying on foreign assistance. The CNS described the proposed exercise as commendable and urged all participants to contribute meaningfully to the deliberations so as to ensure a successful exercise.
Giving a presentation on the Exercise Scenario, Captain MM Bashir stated that Exercise “TSARON TEKU” which in Hausa language means “Protection of the Sea” is aimed at curbing smuggling, illegal bunkering, piracy, poaching and hijacking in the Gulf of Guinea. Nigerian forces expected to take part in the Exercise are NNS THUNDER, NNS ZARIA,NNS BURUTU, NNS OLOGBO, 2 Nigerian Navy Agusta Helos, Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force. Similarly, other participating countries will be expected to contribute 2 Ships each for the Exercise.
The Exercise which is expected to take place in the last week of February 2014, will involve several manouvores like anti-piracy, anti-illegal bunkering and search and rescue amongst many others. The Exercise will stretch from Ghanian waters to Cameroonian waters.
Also speaking at the inauguration, the Director of Operations of the Naval Headquarters, Rear Admiral JO Okojie emphasised the fact that Exercise TSARON TEKU will create opportunities for West African navies to work together and thus enhance collaboration in solving the issues facing the Gulf of Guinea.