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Navy receives new offshore survey vessel to tackle piracy

As part of its measures to ensure maritime safety and security, the Nigerian Navy, on Friday took delivery of her first ever purpose-built offshore survey vessel, NNS Lana, in Saint Nazaire, France.

Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd), said the new vessel was conceived as a replacement for the previous NNS Lana, a survey ship which was decommissioned 10 years ago.

Magashi represented by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, said that the occasion marked a great milestone in the fulfilment of the dream enhancing Nigerian Navy’s survey capability.

Highlighting the import of having a survey vessel like NNS Lana, the Defence boss said that survey services and charting waterways play a crucial role in ensuring safe navigation as well as delivery of maritime security.

“NNS Lana will not only enhance the safety of Nigeria’s maritime environment but the ship will serve as a critical component in the projection of naval power for enhanced maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

“It will also play a critical role in protection of maritime resources and preservation of law and order at sea, thus contributing significantly to promotion of global maritime commerce.”

He therefore specially thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards the recapitalization of the Nigerian Navy Fleet.

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Source: SweetCrudeReports

Navy receives new offshore survey vessel to tackle piracy

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