Nigerian Navy Takes Delivery of State-of-the-art Offshore Survey Vessel

The Nigerian Navy (NN) has taken delivery of a state-of-the-art Offshore Survey Vessel (OSV) towards optimizing the functionality of Nigeria’s Blue Economy and the Maritime domain.

The Director of Information Nigerian Navy, Commodore Adams Aliu made available to SpyeTV News said, the French shipbuilding company OCEA SA, successfully delivered the cutting-edge OSV 115 vessel to the NN in Apapa Lagos Wednesday, 17 April 2024. He averred that the vessel is primed to conduct in-depth surveys in shallow and medium waters.

He said, the OSV 115, was designed and manufactured by OCEA SA, with a 35-meter vessel built for scientific hydrographic and oceanographic missions.

The vessel is equipped with progressive technology, including medium/shallow water multi-beam echo-sounders and other essential survey equipment.

According to Commodore Aliu, the new vessel alongside the other delivery would complimentarily boost the NN operations in the Maritime domain, noting that the acquisition of the vessel is a game changer.

“This latest addition to the NN fleet will operate in tandem with the OSV 190 “NNS LANA,” also built and delivered by OCEA in 2021.

“The primary role of the new vessel is to conduct hydrographic and oceanographic surveys, supporting the ongoing NN efforts to safeguard Nigerian territorial waters and optimize the current administration’s Blue Economy initiatives.

“It should be recalled that the NN commenced local production of internationally recognized nautical charts in 2019 and the newly acquired OSV will further improve NN hydrographic charting proficiency. The delivery of the OSV 115 vessel comes with comprehensive support services, including training, spare parts, tooling, and necessary documentation, ensuring seamless integration and operation within the Nigerian Navy’s fleet.”

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla has commended the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, for his unwavering support to the NN in her fleet renewal aspirations and pledged the commitment of the NN to securing and defending the country’s territorial waters.

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