The Nigeria Navy has taken delivery of a brand new offshore patrol vessel from a Chinese construction yard.
The vessel known as NNS Unity is currently on her way to Nigeria.
In a statement from the Director of Information (DINFO), Commodore Chris Ezekobe, the vessel has been handed over to the Navy at a ceremony in China.
The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, who was represented at the handing over ceremony in China by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Jacob Ajani, said the patrol vessel would be deployed to combat maritime crimes on the nation’s territorial waters and the Gulf of Guinea.
The patrol vesse,l which was constructed by the China Ship Building Corporations, is expected to cover areas which the Navy’s patrol vessels could not cover before.
While on her way, the patrol vessel is expected to stop at some ports of friendly nations in what was described as ‘port calls’.
Such visit, the Navy said, would boost existing good relationship with other navies around the world.