Nigerian Navy

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The Nigerian Navy (NN) is a branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The Nigerian Navy is among the largest Navies on the African continent, consisting of 8,000 personnel, including those of the Coast Guard.


In 1887, the Colonial Government of Nigeria established the Lagos Marine as a quasi-military organisation combining the duties of present day Nigeria Ports Authority, the Inland Waterways and the maritime policing duties of a modern day Navy. What is today known as the NN is an offshoot of the colonial Nigerian Marine Department of the Royal Navy (RN), which was established to further the interest of the British in the West African subregion. When Northern and Southern Nigeria were brought together as one country in 1914, the two marine forces became the Nigeria Marine, and on 1 June 1956 after lobbying for a full-fledged naval force instead of a ports authority, the Nigerian Naval Force (NNF) was established in April 1956. The force was later renamed Naval Defence Force (NDF) of Nigeria. On 1 May 1958, the NDF was legally established as a force and re-designated Royal Nigerian Navy. HMS Hare, an Algerine class minesweeper was renamed Nigeria and recommissioned as the flagship of the Royal Nigerian Navy on 21 July 1959. The prefix ‘Royal’ was a mark of allegiance to the Queen of England. However, on Nigeria’s attainment of a republican status in 1963, the prefix...
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