Navy receives new warship to combat oil theft, piracy

navy-warshipThe Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Cross River State, on Friday received a new warship to combat oil theft sea piracy and other crimes in waterways.

The command received the ship called the NNS Centenary, to its fleet on Friday in Calabar during the visit of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, who was on ground to receive it at the NNS Victory jetty. The CNS said the ship, which was the newest in the Navy fleet, was designed to combat crime on waterways.

He stressed, “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. “As you are aware, the bulk of the resources that bring development come from the sea and the essence of the new ship, the newest in the fleet is to further reinforce our presence in the Eastern flank of the nation’s maritime space’’.

Vice Admiral Ibas added, “the ship has the capacity to carry helicopters and other vital instrument and it is capable of staying on sea for two weeks. He warned criminals operating along the Nigerians waterways to stay off as he said,

“ It is no longer going to be business as usual for the bad guys at sea. He also assured those doing their businesses at sea to have confidence to go about their businesses’’.

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