By Chika Otuchikere
The Nigerian Navy has launched a new hydrographic survey vessel to replace the Navy survey vessel, NNS LANA which was decommissioned about 10 years ago.
In a statement signed by Cmdr Suleiman Dahun for the Chief of Naval staff, the navy disclosed that the launch took place in Les Sables d’Olonne France.
Speaking at the ceremony at the OCEA shipyard, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, represented by Rear Admiral Abraham Adaji noted that the launch was epoch making.
According to the CNS, the launching ceremony was a great significance as it marked a giant stride in the efforts towards actualizing the dreams of not only restoring but enhancing Nigerian Navy’s survey capability.
“History was made today in Les Sables d’Olonne France with the launching of the first ever purpose built hydrographic survey vessel by the Nigerian Navy.
“The new vessel was conceived as a replacement for the Nigerian Navy survey vessel, NNS LANA which was decommissioned about 10 years ago
“Surveying and charting play a crucial role in ensuring safe navigation as well as delivery of maritime security, hence, the new vessel will not only enhance the safety of Nigeria’s maritime environment but also serve as a critical component of deployment of naval power for enhanced maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea”, the CNS said.
The Naval chief stated that the vessel will also play a critical role in protection of maritime resources and preservation of law and order at sea, thus contributing significantly to the promotion of global maritime commerce.
Earlier, the CEO of OCEA, Mr Roland Joassard represented by Mr Fabrice Weinbach, said the “LANA” was the result of the excellent cooperation between the Nigerian Navy and OCEA teams