Lagos - The Global Fire Power (GFP) ranking on submarine strength data through 2016 showed that 40 out of the 105 countries analyzed currently have submarines.
Nigeria, which ranks 83, has no submarine yet, while South Africa came first in Africa with three submarines.
According to the data, United States leads with 75 submarines, North Korea follows with 70, China has 68 and Russia came fourth with 60 submarines.
To make Nigeria launch itself into the comity of nations with submarine technology, the navy has commenced preparations to make the Federal Government purchase one between 2021 and 2022.
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The current economic downturn may be an obstacle.
The Director of Information for the Nigerian Navy, Commodore Christian Ezekobe told The Guardian that Nigeria currently has no submarine but that a move to purchase one is part of the Revised Nigerian Navy Transformation Plan (R-NNTP).
- News 24