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News - North Central - FCT Updated: April 20, 2024

Tinubu’s wife inaugurates new naval offshore patrol vessel

By Philip Adeboye
April 20, 2024
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Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Nigeria's First Lady, has unveiled the second 76-meter high Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessel, constructed by Turkish shipbuilder Dearsan Shipyard for the Nigerian Navy.

Conducting the ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, the First Lady emphasized the dedication of President Bola Tinubu's administration to fostering a safer and more prosperous nation.

A statement released by the First Lady's spokesperson, Busola Kukoyi, in Abuja on Friday, detailed the event.

During the ceremony, Tinubu adhered to the longstanding tradition of launching the vessel into the water, symbolizing its transition from land to sea for the first time.

She underscored that these vessels underscore President Tinubu's administration's commitment to enhancing maritime security for economic advancement.

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“The acquisition of the high endurance offshore patrol vessels is another feat in the Tinubu administration’s commitment to the Nigerian Navy’s fleet renewal efforts towards a more secured maritime environment for the nation’s economic prosperity.

“As we appreciate the processes that have brought us here today, I want to commend Dearsan Shipyard for the high-quality ship building capability. I also want to commend the shipyard for attaining this milestone, leading to the launching of the second Offshore patrol vessel.

“Our gathering here today will undoubtedly strengthen the relationship between the Nigerian Navy and the shipyard as well as between the Nigerian and Turkish Governments,” she said.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohammed Matawale expressed optimism that the vessels would enhance the nation’s maritime sector.

“I attest to the dedication and commitment of the Nigerian Navy, not only to secure our territorial waters, but also to see to an improved blue economy. The impacts of the vessels on the navy’s activities would be significant,” he said.

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The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Oglala emphasised the commitment of President Tinubu to the welfare of men of the Nigerian Navy.

He said the President had resolved to provide all that is needed to enhance their job and that would ultimately result into reduced crimes in the maritime domain.

In their respective remarks, the Turkish  Deputy Minister of Defence, Suay Alpay and the Secretary of Defence, Haluk Gorgun said, there was a room for more cooperation with Nigeria, not only in the area of security, but also economic development.

Recall that the Nigerian Navy in November 2021 signed a contract with Dearsan Shipyard, Turkey for the construction of two units of 76m HE Offshore Patrol Vessels.

The Keel laying ceremony of the ships, which signifies the commencement of their construction took place in September 2022.

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Ogala launched the first of the new vessels, also in Turkey, in October 2023

The vessels are to be used for maritime interdiction operations, surveillance, search and rescue operations, anti-piracy, special forces operations as well as providing naval support to land forces.

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