Newly China-built Navy ship enroute Nigeria
NNS UNITY, the newest Nigerian Navy Ship built in China, continued her homeward voyage with several port calls enroute Nigeria.
The ship, nicknamed “Man of war”, departed Simon’s Port, South Africa on October 25, 2016.
On arrival at the Port of Luanda, Angola, the representative of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed, received the ship and her crew.
Also present to receive the ship were the Captain of the Port of Luanda, Captain Henrique Pedro; the Director of International Relations, Angolan Ministry of Defence, General Jose De Sousa; and the Nigerian Ambassador to Angola; Ofon Tom Etuknwa.
Briefing newsmen after the welcome ceremony, the representative of the Chief of the Naval Staff said the “Man of war” on joining the Nigerian Navy fleet will consolidate on the successes being recorded in the fight against piracy, maritime crime and other illegalities in Nigeria’s maritime domain up to the Gulf of Guinea.
Further acquisitions are in the offing for the Nigerian Navy as the current administration is said to be keen on increasing the number of capital ships in the Nigerian Navy to bring our Navy at par with stronger navies around the world.
One of the advantages of the ship, a statement by the Navy on Wednesday said, is that maintaining it is not as capital intensive as other capital ships in the Nigerian Navy inventory.
It would be recalled that NNS UNITY departed China on September 21, 2016 on her maiden voyage to Nigeria.
The ship is being commanded by Captain Abolade Ogunleye and is expected to arrive Nigeria on November 4, 2016.