The Nigerian Navy has launched a locally manufactured Seaward Defence Boat (SDB) 111, which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The vessel, which was launched on Thursday in Lagos and built by NNS Oji, is the third in the series to be built entirely by naval engineers at the Naval Dockyard Limited in Lagos, following the success of the NNS Adoni and NNS Karaduwa, which were both launched in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
While making the disclosure, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said the president charged all naval personnel to maintain professionalism and ensure good use of the newly built and recently acquired platforms that include: NNS LANA, KANO, IKENNE, ABA, SOKOTO and OSUN.
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According to NAN, Adesina said, ‘’We should note that we are in a critical period where our country is faced with a serious decline in our revenue and the security challenges we are facing. The present realities, therefore, call for prudent resource management, innovativeness, accountability and careful maintenance.
“I wish to reiterate that despite these challenges, our administration is very determined to ensure that the Navy is well supported to achieve its statutory responsibilities. Let me assure you that the Government will continue to support the ideals of the Nigerian Navy in the performance of its constitutional duties.
“God bless the Nigerian Navy, God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Onward Together.’’
The president was full of praises for the Nigerian Navy for its support for local content development which he said is in line with the philosophy of his administration.
He said, ‘‘I commend the business dependability of Messrs OCEA Shipyard – France, the builders of our Navy’s first-ever purpose-built Offshore Survey Vessel for a conclusive and successful execution of the contract.
‘‘Local partners should share in this commendation for their efforts at local facilitation as outlined in the Government’s local content policy.’’
He said, “Arrests of those involved in illegalities have yielded results as some pirates, illegal bunkering syndicates, pipeline vandals and other miscreants have been convicted during this year.
‘‘Such successes were made possible through the enforcement of our new anti-piracy law on Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act 2019.
‘‘Furthermore, the provision of the new policy directives by the current administration of the Navy codified in such documents as the Nigerian Navy Strategic Plan 2021-2030; the Chief of the Naval Staff Strategic Directive 2021-5 and the Total Spectrum Maritime Strategy have given the Service credible guidelines and leverage for improved operational efficiency.’’
The Commander-in-Chief also used the occasion to laud the efforts of the Navy in the fight against maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea region, praising the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, and all the officers, ratings and civilian staff of the Navy for remarkable achievements.