On Thursday, The Nigerian Navy, inaugurated the first purpose-built hydrological survey vessel at Les Sables d’Olonne, France and scheduled to join the NN fleet in 2021.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, speaking at the ceremony at the OCEA shipyard and represented by Rear Admiral Abraham Adaji, said the new vessel was conceived as a replacement for the Nigerian Navy survey vessel, NNS LANA, which was decommissioned about 10 years ago.
In reference to a statement by the NN spokesman, Commodore Suleman Dahun, the CNS said the ceremony marked a giant stride in the efforts towards actualising the dreams of not only restoring but enhancing the Nigerian Navy’s survey capability.
Dahun also emphasized that surveying and charting play a crucial role in ensuring safe navigation as well as delivery of maritime security, especially in the Gulf of Guinea.
Ibas thanked the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for his “unflinching support to the recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy fleet.”