Sunday, August 05, 2007

Nigeria: Two War Ships Leave for Brazil

Guess it is time to start scanning the HF bands (especially the maritime subbands) for this big show down in Brazil.

Here is a list of some Brazilian Navy frequencies to watch. It is far from complete and I would appreciate any additional frequencies from field reports.

Brazilian Navy

PWZ33 Rio de Janeiro
6449.9 FAX 120/576
6450.0 RTTY 850/75
8581.9 FAX 120/576
12170.0 RTTY 850/75
12666.9 FAX 120/576
12711.0 RTTY 850/75
16976.0 RTTY 850/75
16979.9 FAX 120/576
19707.0 RTTY 850/75
22475.5 PACTOR-FEC
22475.5 RTTY 850/75

Nav, weather, ship-to-shore related messages (SITOR-B)
4252.0 7422.7 8403.0 8623.0 9261.0 11505.2 12256.0 14842.0 16984.0 19021.2 19707.0 20475.0

Brazilian Navy HF ALE Net (ALE/USB)
6298.5 6510.0 8310.0 10914.5 11011.0 11486.0 12370.0 12437.0 13101.0 14780.0 15932.0 16408.0 16607.0 17010.0 18872.5 18875.0 19709.0 22168.0

This picture of F 89 NNS Aradu is Copyright © Used with permission of the copyright holder.

Two Nigerian war ships, NNS Aradu and NNS Nwamba, left Nigeria for the shores of Brazil and the port city of Rio De Jeneiro to join 45 ships from littoral States for the bicentenary celebration of the Brazilian Navy. The two ships sailed from the Nigerian Navy Dockyard, Lagos State, to Brazil on August 3, 2007.

The two ships will pay port visits to two African countries, Monrovia in Liberia and Dakar in Senegal, before crossing the Atlantic. These visits will demonstate the capacity of Nigerian Navy to effectively safeguard the coastal territories of West Africa in particular and Africa in general.

They will also make whistle stop visits to the Brazilian city of Recife before moving to Rio de Janeiro which is the venue of the celebration and the international fleet review.

The port visits are part of the diplomatic role of the Nigerian Navy. While in Brazil, the two ships are expected to undertake series of exercises. A Brazilian warship took part in the Nigerian Navy Golden jubilee celebration last year. And the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ganiyu Adekeye, also visited Brazil when he assumed office in 2005. NNS Aradu in 2005 also joined other Navies of the world in the Admiral Lord Nelson International fleet review which took place in 2005.

NNS Aradu (F89) is Nigeria's lone MEKO 360-class frigate and the flagship of the Nigerian Navy. The 412-foot ship is the biggest in the Navy's inventory. It is a multi-purpose frigate with capabilities for the anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.

The NNS Nwamba (Nigerian for Cat) was acquired by the Nigerian Navy from the U.S. Coast Guard. The Cutter was decommissioned in May 2003. On Jun 30, 2003, the decommissioned USCGC Firebush was signed over to the Nigerian Navy, and renamed the NNS Nwamba.

NNS Nwamba