List of Nigerian Navy Helicopters

Besides ships and other water going vessels, the Nigerian Navy uses helicopters for its functions. The Nigerian Navy Helicopters are:

  • AW 139 Leonardo Helicopter
  • NIMASA Rescue 1

The Nigerian Navy Agusta Helicopters are:

  • NN 211
  • NN 231
  • NN 232

    The Nigerian Navy, in March 2024, deployed seven ships and two helicopters to provide effective maritime search and rescue services on Nigerian waters.

    The deployment included other facilities and patrol vessels of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

    The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, flagged off the operation codenamed `Exercise Swift Response’, onboard the Nigerian Navy Ship, KADA.

    Hassan said the exercise was to provide effective maritime search and rescue services to reduce the loss of lives and property.

    Nigerian Navy Agusta Helicopter

    The Agusta A109-series of helicopters first entered Nigerian military service in July 2004, with the delivery of maritime variants of the airframe to the Nigerian Navy Air Arm, which had operated Westland Lynx helicopters since 1986 when the Nigerian Navy Air Arm became fully operational.

    Press releases made available by Agusta at the time indicate that over the course of two deliveries in July and September 2004, the Navy Air Arm received a total of four units of Agusta A109E Power helicopters.

    Again in March 2009, an additional two units were delivered to the Navy’s Air Arm with a view to further boosting the Navy’s aerial survey and maritime patrol capabilities within Nigeria’s volatile Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ) against the backdrop of mounting threats to maritime security – insurgency, piracy, kidnapping and oil theft by armed syndicates and militia groups, among others.

    For its part, the Nigerian Air Force operate the dedicated armed military variant namely, the Agusta A109 LUH which were delivered to the resurgent service in 2010 and were first seen in public during the maiden ”Air Expo 2010” which was put together by the Nigerian Air Force in Kaduna during the month of May 2010. An additional squadron of the Agusta A109 LUH is believed to be on order.

    During the celebrations held to mark the 45th anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force in 2009 held at Osogbo in Southwestern Nigeria, President Umar Yar’Adua of blessed memory had announced the approval of funds for the acquisition of a squadron of Agusta A109 helicopters and for the resuscitation of a range of military airlift aircraft ranging from Alenia G222s to Lockheed Charlie C130 Hercules planes. The 2010 deliveries of Agusta A109 LUH to the Nigerian Air Force are believed to have been made in partial fulfilment of that pledge.

    Whereas the Nigerian Armed Forces as a whole were severely underfunded throughout the 1990s, curiously by a succession of military regimes in deference to sharp practice and to the narrow quest for regime survival, the Nigerian Air Force came to the verge of being grounded entirely.

    Over the course of the past decade going back to 2001, a succession of democratic federal governments of Nigeria have acquired a range of new aircraft for the Nigerian Air Force – including Mi-35P and Mi-24V attack helicopters, Mi-171Sh armed combat transport helicopters, Agusta A109 LUH armed helicopters, ATR-42MPA Surveyor maritime patrol aircraft and F7NI Airguard fighter jets.