Nigeria’s made in China war ship arrives today
Signal has emerged that before the end of today, NNS UNITY, the newest Nigerian Navy Ship built in China will berth at the Lagos Naval base. The ship is being commanded by Captain Abolade Ogunleye.
The ‘man of war’ departed Simon’s Port South Africa and arrived at the Port of Luanda Angola where the representative of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed received the ship and her crew in Angola
Also present to receive the ship were the Captain of the Port of Luanda Captain Henrique Pedro, Director of International Relations Angolan Ministry of Defence General Jose De Sousa and the Nigerian Ambassador to Angola Mr. Ofon Tom Etuknwa.
Briefing journalists after the welcoming 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 our maritime domain up to the Gulf of Guinea.
He revealed that apart from NNS UNITY, government is making efforts to increase 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 this ship 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 21 September 2016 on her maiden voyage to Nigeria.