REMARKS BY THE CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF VICE ADMIRAL IE IBAS GSS AM psc(+) ndc Msc ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF THE OFFSHORE SURVEY VESSEL 190 LANA HOLDING AT LES SABLES D’OLONNE FRANCE ON 24 SEPTEMBER 2020

It gives me great pleasure to be in your midst today on this historic occasion of the launching of the Offshore Survey Vessel (OSV) 190 LANA of the Nigerian Navy (NN). The Offshore Survey Vessel 190 was conceived as a replacement to Nigerian Navy Ship LANA, a survey ship that was decommissioned about 10 years ago. Thus, this launching ceremony is of great significance as it marks a giant stride in our efforts towards actualizing the dream of not only restoring but, enhancing Nigerian Navy survey capability.

Messrs OCEA was chosen to do the construction of Nigerian Navy’s new Offshore Survey Vessel through a highly competitive bidding process. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, shipbuilding is a complex and time-based engineering activity, which demands hard work, integration of diverse competences and attention to the minutest detail. Messrs OCEA was selected to execute the construction of our Offshore Survey Vessel 190 based on its track record of high quality ship building capacity as well as the belief in the company’s ability to adhere to agreed timelines. At this milestone event of the project, I am glad to say that the confidence we reposed in Messrs OCEA has not been misplaced. Permit me, therefore, to congratulate Messrs OCEA for the timely construction of this Offshore Survey Vessel. The timely construction of this ship by Messrs OCEA is much more significant bearing in mind that it was achieved despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Surveying and charting play a crucial role in ensuring safe navigation as well as delivery of maritime security. Hence, this vessel will not only enhance the safety of Nigeria’s maritime environment but will also serve as a critical component of deployment of naval power for enhanced maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. It will also play a critical role in protection of maritime resources and preservation of law and order at sea, thus contributing significantly to the promotion of global maritime commerce. At this juncture, I wish to specially thank the President, Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching support to the recapitalization of the Nigerian Navy Fleet.

As I conclude, let me specially thank Nigeria’s Ambassador to France, Her Excellency Mrs Modupe Enitan Irele, the management and staff of Messrs OCEA and all others who have contributed one way or the other towards the successful launching of this vessel. The Nigerian Navy and, indeed the global seafaring community, look forward to the services of this masterpiece as she begins her voyage into the seas. I believe, the craftsmanship, standard of engineering and support provided by Messrs OCEA will guarantee the effective presence of this vessel on the high seas for a long time to come.

On this note, on behalf of the officers, ratings and civilian staff of the Nigerian Navy, I thank Messrs OCEA for organizing an excellent launching ceremony. I thank all our distinguished guests most especially Her Excellency for being part of this ceremony. May God bless you all. Like we say in the Nigerian Navy, Fair Winds and Onward Together.

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