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Nigerian Navy’s new warship begins maiden voyage from UAE to Nigeria

A newly built warship, belonging to the Nigerian Navy, has set sail on her maiden voyage from Albwardy Damen Shipyard, Sharjah, United Arab Emirate (UAE) for Lagos.

The vessel, a Landing Ship Tank, (LST), according to the navy, left the UAE shipyard at about 9am Nigerian time Thursday following its official hand-over to the Navy on March 30, 2022.

The Navy’s spokesman, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, said the vessel christened NNS KADA is expected to go on a 56 days voyage covering a distance of 8,414.34 nautical miles on her maiden voyage.

Ayo-Vaughan said the ship would make stopovers in five countries/ports before arriving Lagos. These ports are Port Duqm in Oman, Port Mombasa in Kenya, Port Cape Town in South Africa, Port Luanda in Angola and Port Gentil in Gabon.

The navy had contracted Messrs Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for the construction and supply of NNS KADA in May 2018 as part of the recapitalization efforts under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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