Patience launches Nigeria Navy’s first offshore patrol vessel in China



patience_jonathan 600The First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan on Monday in Wuhan, China inaugurated the first purpose-built Nigerian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel christened NN OPV-F91

She also performed the Hull formation of the second Vessel- OPV-F92 being built by the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Limited. Dame Patience Jonathan at the event noted that the two-in- ceremony bears
testimony to the and resolve of President Goodluck Jonathan administration to establish a strong and virile Navy capable of protecting Nigeria’s maritime territories.

She explained that the President has shown great to the rapid transformation of Nigeria; particularly with the approval for the recapitalization of the Nigerian Navy Fleet to enable it address various maritime security

The First lady emphasized that effective maritime security is vital to the realization of the Transformation Agenda of the present administration in Nigeria, in view of the fact that the country places significant value on the economic benefits of its coastal and marine areas.

Dame Jonathan expressed delight that the fitting-out of the second vessel will be completed at the Nigerian Naval Shipyard in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, appealing to the officers and men of the Nigerian Navy to continue in their tradition of professionalism, integrity and loyalty.

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin was represented at the event by Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor who praised President Goodluck Jonathan for his to entrench a robust and combat ready Navy.

He thereafter joined the First lady and Senior officials of China Shipbuilding and Offshore Company to cut the ribbon and break the traditional bottle of champagne for the ship launch.

The hull formation of the first Vessel was done in September last year.

It will be recalled that the First Lady launched of Nigerian Naval Ship- “THUNDER” about two ago at the western Naval in .

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