Navy to receive new vessels soon, will combat piracy

Friday, November 21, 2014 – 12:01
AAF Online

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ilesanmi Alade, addressed journalists during a ‘sea inspection exercise’ in Lagos and stated that the navy was taking delivery of some vessels aimed at taking full charge of the sea. He said the vessels would also enable the navy to take full control of the sea from pirates.

“We have two Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) coming from China, that is Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Centenary and also one of them that is to be completed next year.

“We also have NNS Opabaran, which is the sister ship to NNS Thunder and we have taken delivery of that in the United States, already. This vessel is going to join the fleet that we have shortly.”

Alade said the essence of the sea exercise was to give him a complete idea of the state of affairs of the vessels at sea, particularly the operational state of the ships.

During the exercise the navy put to sea five vessels that performed very well.

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Source:: African Armed Forces (Naval)

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