Navy bids Chinese trainers farewell
AFTER four months of tutoring Nigerian navy personnel on the operation and maintenance of offshore patrol vessel, NNS SAGBAMA, donated to Nigeria by Chinese government, a 19-man Chinese naval team at the weekend returned to their country.
They had arrived Nigeria in May when one of the two offshore patrol vessels (OPV) (NNS CENTENARY AND NNS PROSPERITY) purchased from China was delivered.
The team had brought NNS SAGBAMA, which was built for the Nigerian Navy as China’s complementary effort towards the fleet renewal efforts of the navy.
Commending them for a job well done, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command (WNC) Rear Admiral Jonathan Ango said the boat would assist the force in fight against maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea.
He lauded them for their patience and commitment in putting the Nigerian crew through the rigours and mastery of the boat’s functions, noting that NNS SAGBAMA was a new class of vessel.