Oil theft: Navy inducts 250 inshore patrol boats

Olaleye Aluko

The Nigerian Navy  has said it has inducted more than 250 Inshore Patrol Boats as well as acquired more Seaward Defence Boats to check oil theft and other maritime crimes in parts of the country.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, revealed  this on Tuesday. He said  some piracy attacks occasionally occurred on the  Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea which called for more proactive actions by the military and other stakeholders.

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Source: punchng.com

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Trinidad & Tobago Orders 2 Cape-Class Patrol Boats From Austal

Xavier Vavasseur

Austal has signed a contract worth approximately A$126 million to construct two Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPB) for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (GORTT). The vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2020.

Austal Chief Executive Officer David Singleton said the award of the contract confirmed an important defence export opportunity for Austal and consequent workflow for the Company’s Henderson operations.

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Source: navalnews.com

Cluster Bomb Toting F-15Es Are Patrolling The Persian Gulf To Counter Small Boat Swarms

The weapons would be a useful tool for destroying Iran’s fast boat armada that it has used to seize and harass tankers.

BY JOSEPH TREVITHICK

U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles have been flying patrols over the Persian Gulf armed with cluster munitions, as well as a variety of other weapons. These weapons could be useful for beating back swarms of small boats, such as those belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, IRGC. The sorties come amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, as well as the IRGC’s harassment and seizure of a number of tankers in Strait of Hormuz in recent weeks.

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Source: thedrive.com

Security At Nigerian Ports Improves Tremendously — NIMASA DG

By Sunday Bassey

Uyo, – The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said on Tuesday that it had improved security tremendously within the country’s maritime space .

The Director General of the agency, Mr Dakuku Peterside, who made this known in an interactive session with newsmen in Uyo, noted that the security of vessels at the ports had improved from 12 per cent to 80 per cent.

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Source: sundiatapost.com