Nigerian Navy acquires new warship to tackle oil theft, piracy


The Eastern Naval Command, ENC, of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on Friday, took delivery of a new warship christened the NNS Centenary.

The Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, who was on ground to receive it at the NNS Victory jetty, noted that the ship as the newest in the navy’s fleet would further reinforce the presence of the navy in the eastern flank of the country’s maritime domain.

He disclosed that NNS Centenary was acquired to patrol the maritime domain of the Eastern Naval Command in order to keep the water safe from oil thieves and sea pirates.

His words, “When we talk about maritime security, you have to know that it goes with development.

“Maritime security has a nexus with development. Nobody wants to do business in an insecure environment.

“The bulk of resources that bring development come from the sea; the essence of the new ship is to reinforce our presence in the Eastern flank of the nation’s maritime space”.

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