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Title: NNS Okpabana (F93) - ex-USCGC Gallatin [WHEC-721]
Post by: adroth on December 10, 2017, 09:28:04 AM
USCG hands over decommissioned cutter to Nigerian Navy

https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/123228/uscg-hands-over-decommissioned-cutter-to-nigerian-navy/

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Nigerian Navy held a ceremony Wednesday in North Charleston to officially sign the decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin over to the Nigerian Navy.


The Gallatin was offered to Nigeria April 24, 2013, through the Foreign Assistance Act (FSA), and was decommissioned from Coast Guard service March 31, 2014.

The FSA allows the transfer of excess defense articles as a grant to friendly foreign governments under the auspices of the State Department.

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Baffer said the transfer was bittersweet but said he believes the ship, renamed NNS Okpabana, will provide valuable service to Nigeria.

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Former U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin Handed To Nigerian Navy In Transfer Ceremony
For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014

https://www.fletc.gov/press-release/2014/08/04/former-us-coast-guard-cutter-gallatin-handed-nigerian-navy-transfer

The former Coast Guard cutter Gallatin was transferred to the Nigerian navy Wednesday at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centerin North Charleston. After a 45-year career spent sailing under U.S.colors, the former Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin on Wednesday wasofficially transferred into the hands of the Nigerian navy. The vesselis now known as the NNS Okpabana.

The cutter was decommissioned in March and a crew from the Africancountry arrived in Charleston for training.

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The NNS Okpabana will serve a similar purpose under the Nigeriannavy, officials said.

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Title: Re: NNS Okpabana (F93) - ex-USCGC Gallatin [WHEC-721]
Post by: adroth on December 10, 2017, 10:34:24 AM
From: http://cimsec.org/niger-delta-militant-group-declares-war-nigerian-navy/24958

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Capabilities and limitations of the Nigerian Navy

The focus of Nigerian Navy operations since 2006 has been the fight against insurgents (between 2006 and 2009) and against illegal bunkering on the creeks and rivers of the Niger Delta. The Navy forms part of the inter-agency Joint Task Force who currently prosecute a riverine campaign called Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta. For reasons of prestige, both the Navy and the Nigerian Maritime Safety Agency (NIMASA) have long downplayed or denied the threat of piracy in Nigerian waters, engaging in semantic games that re-defined piracy (legally correct, but misleading) as “armed robbery” inside territorial waters or as “community issues.” At international and regional conferences, the previous Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Ziakede Akpolobokemi (now indicted for fraud along with his associate Tompolo), routinely grandstanded about Gulf of Guinea piracy without even uttering the word “Nigeria.”

The result is a Nigerian Navy that is geared towards riverine law enforcement operations, but that lacks a credible coastal enforcement capability in spite of recent acquisitions of four Offshore Patrol Vessels in 2015 (NNS OKPABANA, NNS CENTENARY, NNS SAGBAMA, NNS PROSPERITY) and measurable increases in tactical proficiency. The Achilles heel is the lack of true Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), insufficiently networked assets and ineffective command centers. The territorial organization into Western, Central and Easten Naval Command is suitable for riverine operations, but less so for the centralized approach required for MDA and counterpiracy.

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