Newly acquired Nigerian navy warship arrives Gabon enroute Lagos
As part of her maiden voyage to Nigeria, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) KADA stopped over at Port Gentil, Gabon on Saturday 21 May 2022. This being her last Port Call before her arrival to Lagos.
At Gentil, NNS KADA was received by the Deputy Mayor of Port Gentil, Mr Micheal Mboumba in company of Commander Pouta Honore, who represented the Commander of General Bolingui Koumba Base as well as the representative of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Gabonese Navy, Lieutenant Commander S Soumbity.
Also, a team from the Nigerian embassy comprising the Nigerian Ambassador (Amb) to Gabon, His Excellency, Amb Raymond Brown, the Nigerian Defence Attache overseeing Gabon, Captain C Azuike and a delegation from the Naval Headquarters (NHQ) led by the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral IA Dewu who represented the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Nigerian Navy (NN) accompanied by other senior officers were all at hand to receive NNS KADA.
NNS KADA departed the United Arab Emirates on Friday 1 April, 2022 after a Change of Flag ceremony and she is expected to arrive Nigeria on 27th of May.
NNS KADA is a 100 m-long landing ship with a displacement of 1,300 tonnes, a range of 4,000 n miles, and an endurance of 15 days. It has both stern and bow ramps, as well as a flight deck for a medium helicopter. It can carry 235 troops as well as 18 crew. Two davits for launching and recovering landing craft and a 25-tonne cargo crane are options.
It will provide essential sealift capabilities for the Nigerian Navy especially during periods of national emergency.