A purpose-built hydrographic survey vessel was commissioned by the Nigerian Navy in Les Sables d’Olonne, France on Thursday.
The construction of the new vessel, which replaces the Nigerian Navy survey vessel NNS LANA decommissioned about ten years ago, started in 2018.
Speaking at the ceremony held at the OCEA Shipyard, France, Chief of the Naval Staff, CNS Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, described the occasion as one which marked a giant stride in the efforts towards actualizing the dreams of not only restoring but enhancing Nigerian Navy’s survey capability.
Represented by Rear Admiral Abraham Adaji, Ibas said surveying and charting play a crucial role in ensuring safe navigation as well as delivery of maritime security.
He said the new vessel would not only enhance safety of Nigeria’s maritime environment but would also serve as a critical component of deployment of naval power for enhanced maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.