Nigerian Navy takes delivery of new offshore survey vessel in France
Nigerian Navy yesterday in Saint Nazaire, France took delivery of its first ever purpose-built Offshore Survey Vessel, NNS LANA.
The vessel which is expected to join the Nigerian Navy fleet in May 2021 was completed and launched on September 24, 2020 at Les Sables d’Olonne, France.
NNS LANA was handed over to the Nigerian Navy in France on 15th January, 2021 after the provisional acceptance trials was concluded.
The crew training also commenced in January 2021 and ended on 12th April, 2021.
The change of flag ceremony marks her readiness to embark on her maiden homebound voyage to Nigeria.
In a statement issued by Commodore Suleman Dahun, the minister of defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), represented by the chief of the naval staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, at the flag transfer ceremony, said the new vessel was conceived as a replacement for the previous NNS LANA, a survey ship that was decommissioned about 10 years ago.
Magashi said the occasion marked a great milestone in the fulfillment of the dream of not only replacing but enhancing Nigerian Navy’s survey capability.
“Importantly, the new vessel is expected to fill the void created following the decommissioning of the previous NNS LANA,” he said.
He stated that survey services and charting waterways play a crucial role in ensuring safe navigation as well as delivery of maritime security.
He therefore thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards the recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy Fleet.
He also thanked Nigeria’s ambassador to France, Dr (Mrs) Modupe Irele, the management and staff of Messrs OCEA and all others who have contributed one way or the other toward