Say Hello to Nigeria’s P18N Stealth Corvette.

 

It was on a sunny day on the 7th of May 2017. Two months after a French Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV),Commandant L’ Herminier, wowed Nigerians Commandant L’ Herminier, after making a Port Call at the Naval Dockyard in Lagos, more than four hundred Nigerians were enthralled with splendour at the unveiling of Nigeria’s two newest warship, NNS Unity and NNS Centenary,as part of programmes marking its 61st founding anniversary. This is the first time Nigeria will be acquiring a “tear rubber” naval vessel since the aquisition of the Meko Class Frigate NNS Aradu in 1983.

The Navy opened the Stealth Patrol Vessels to the viewing pleasure boarders inclusive of children and adults, sailing fifteen nautical miles away from breakwater. Receiving the public, Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai, enjoined them to enjoy the splendor of sea experience.

So lets take  look at the two Stealth  OPV’s (Stealth Offshore Patrol Vessels).

NNS Unity is a1,500 tons Corvette fills the capability gap of the Nigerian Navy for a cost-effective vessel suited for both littoral duties and patrol escorts and protection of Nigeria’s EEZ maritime interest within 200 nautical miles. Freeing up Nigeria’s two biggest warships – NNS Thunder and NNS Okpabana to range high endurance open ocean deployment.

These two ships are for all intents and purposes a FRIGATE. They are built for long endurance. They are the only vessels in Africa capable of circumventing the continent without needing to refuel. Ships like this can be called upon to patrol the West African coast and if properly armed can carry out operations as far out as the Pacific.

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NNS Unity P18N.
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NNS Unity features a Port mounted 30mm automated cannon designed to defend the ship from inshore attack boats armed with rockets.
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A female Nigerian Naval officer raise the Nigerian flag aboard NNS Centenary.

 

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An Augusta Westland helicopter lifts off from the deck of NNS Centenary.
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NNS Centenary in South African waters, where she made a Port Call.

 

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The ship features a NG-16-1 76 mm deck gun.
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NNS Unity features a Port mounted 30mm automated cannon designed to defend the ship from inshore attack boats armed with rockets.
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The ship features a NG-16-1 76 mm deck gun.
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Captain of NNS Unity plots a course for the coast of Gambia.  In January 2017 the vessel was deployed as a show of force against Gambia ad part of an ECOWAD sponsored intervention in January 2017 during the Gambian election crises. 
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Bridge of NNS Unity.
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The bridge of NNS Unity.
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NNS Unity makes Port Call in Johannesburg South Africa.
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4 Replies to “Say Hello to Nigeria’s P18N Stealth Corvette.”

  1. Not a single canister of AShM or AAM on board, just a deck Gun!. I simply do not understand. Maybe there is a super secret electronic weapons of some sort that does not require a canister to deploy!. I don’t know how this decision was arrived at.

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    1. Well, what can i say? Spend $600 million buy a brand new warship buy refuse to spend $50 million to $100 in defensive and offensive weapons systems to protect your investment. Welcome to Nigeria.

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  2. I just didn’t want to believe this all while. Maybe there is a scheme to remove the Ottomat AShM and Aspire SAM from the Aradu and mount them on this ship or something. I’m grabbing at straws here. Pls help me with an explanation.

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