Story By Gloria Ehiaghe.
As part of efforts to foster good relationships between Nigeria and South Africa, the chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas has received the Chief Of The South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane, at the Western Naval Command Apapa, Lagos.
He said the essence of the visit was to further strengthen the cooperation between the navies of both countries.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, the South African Navy Chief praised the competency of the Nigerian Navy describing the force as being held at high esteem in the international community.
He said: “The relationship with the Nigerian Navy started a long time ago in the 90s. We are here to strengthen it.
“The Nigerian Navy is a very competent navy and everyone regards them in a very high esteem.
“This visit will further make our relationship stronger and it will grow from strength to strength,’’ he said.
Hlongwane said the visit to the Nigerian Navy was reciprocal, adding that CNS also visited him earlier this year.
The South African Navy Chief started his tour from the Naval Dockyard Ltd. in Victoria Island where he visited the workshop.
He also visited the Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) WEY, navy town in Ojo, Lagos, where he visited the Naval Air Station, Underwater and proceeded to the Western Naval Command in Apapa, Lagos.
Other senior officers that accompanied the CNS in receiving the South African Navy Chief, included Rear-Adm. Sylvanus Abba, Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command and the NNS BEECROFT Commander, Commodore Maurice Eno.
PIX: Chief Of The South African Navy, Vice Admiral Mosiwa Hlongwane