The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has flagged off the construction of Nigeria’s latest Landing Ship Tank (LST) 100 in Alb wary DAMEN Shipyards, Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates stating that the acquisition of the ship will go a long way in filling operational gap in the Nigerian Navy (NN).
Vice Admiral Ibas underscored that the ceremony was a significant step towards actualizing the dream of restoring NN’s sea-lift capability, after the Service decommissioned 2 similar LSTs – NNS AMBE and NNS OFIOM more than 10 years ago, recalling that these vessels served the Navy meritoriously in the 1980s-90s, playing significant roles during the ECOMOG intervention Operations in Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as other peace support operations in Lebanon.
The CNS noted that the selection of DAMEN Shipyards to execute the project was based on its track record of high quality ship building capacity, engineering as well as a belief in the company’s ability to adhere to the timeline for delivery of the ship. He therefore urged the Company complete the construction of the LST with all the attention and due diligence that it deserves.
Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas thanked the President Muhammadu Buhari, for his untiring support for the rejuvenation of the NN fleet since assumption of office. He then informed that construction of the ship is expected to be completed in May 2020 and when completed and delivered, the LST will play crucial roles in the security of Nigeria’s maritime environment and beyond.