As part of her maiden voyage to Nigeria, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) KADA stopped over at Port Gentil, Gabon Enroute Lagos, Nigeria.
It was learnt that the ship stopped over on Saturday, 21 May, 2022 and was received by the Deputy Mayor of Port Gentil, Mr Micheal Mboumba in company of Commander Pouta Honore, who represented the Commander of General Bolingui Koumba Base as well as the representative of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Gabonese Navy, Lieutenant Commander S Soumbity.
This is her last Port Call before her arrival to Lagos.
The Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Ayo-Vaughan said that a team from the Nigerian Embassy comprising the Nigerian Ambassador (Amb) to Gabon, His Excellency, Amb Raymond Brown, the Nigerian Defence Attache overseeing Gabon, Captain C Azuike and a delegation from the Naval Headquarters (NHQ) led by the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral IA Dewu who represented the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Nigerian Navy (NN) accompanied by other senior officers were all at hand to receive NNS KADA.
According to Commodore Ayo-Vaughan, “In line with tradition, the Nigerian Embassy and Naval Headquaters delegates, including the Commanding Officer NNS KADA, Captain RO Adoki paid courtesy calls on some heads of selected government establishments which included the Government House Ogooeu Maritime Province, the Port Gentil Council and the Naval Base, Port Gentil.
The Governor of the Ogooue Maritime Province, represented by the Secretary-General to the government, Mrs. Roponat Mbina, appreciated the Nigerian delegation and wished them well in their mission in Port Gentil.
Similarly, the representative of the Commander of the General Bolingui Koumba Base welcomed the team and described their coming as auspicious as it will boost the relationship between the NN and Gabonese Navy for the security of the common maritime areas of both countries.
Responding, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Gabon, Amb Brown stressed the need for African countries to strive to invest in assets to secure and protect themselves.
He further stated that the coming of NNS KADA echoes the effort for capacity building in Nigeria towards this objective.
Meanwhile, the representative of the CNS (NN) noted that the vessel is a Landing Ship Tank and is replacing two previous vessels of similar capability.
He, however, noted the multiple roles of the vessel, which include Sealift, Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations, Transportation, and Maritime security operations, among others.
On that basis, he affirmed that the vessel will be useful to both countries in maritime security and stressed the need for combined and joint operations for the security of the Gulf of Guinea.
“The Commanding Officer of NNS KADA expressed happiness of the ship’s crew and the support so far given to the ship since she commenced the homeward voyage. He outlined the journey of the ship so far stating that she cast off from the United Arab Emirates on April 2, 2022, and is expected to arrive Lagos on May 27, 2022, after about 56 days.”
It would be recalled that NNS KADA has made port calls in Oman, Kenya, South Africa, and Angola before her arrival at Port Gentil Gabon, which is her last port of call. She is expected to depart on May 24, 2022, for Lagos.