By Steve Agbota
The The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the arrival of the Nigerian Navy vessel NNS KADA will significantly enhance security in the Nigerian maritime domain, and said congratulated the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AZ Gambo on this achievement.
Dr Jamoh, who joined the Navy Chief of Staff at Lagos Dockyard to witness the ship’s arrival from the United Arab Emirates, praised the Nigerian Navy, which he described as a key partner in updating the Agency’s maritime safety mandate.
He said: “The platform would also help consolidate the safer passage recorded for vessels, cargo and crew transiting through the Gulf of Guinea while combating oil theft and other related vices. to the sea in the maritime domain of the country”.
Speaking during a visit to the ship, the DG of NIMASA assured the Chief of Naval Staff that the Agency is committed to strengthening the collaboration between the two government bodies by providing logistical support for the maintenance of the NNS KADDA.
The newly acquired warship arrived at its new home port in Apapa after 56 days of travel and stopovers in approximately five countries.
NNS Kada was commissioned from Damen Group in 2019 and built at Albwardy Damen shipyard in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. It was laid down in December 2019, launched in June 2021 and handed over to the Nigerian Navy in Sharjah on March 30. The ship departed for Nigeria on April 1 and before arriving in Lagos, called at five countries: Angola (Luanda), Gabon (Port Gentil), Kenya (Mombasa), Oman (Port of Duqm) and South Africa (The cap).
Based on Damen’s LST 100 design, the vessel will be used for a range of tasks, including strategic equipment and troop transport, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and to project maritime security. in the Gulf of Guinea.