boost its maritime security operations, the Nigerian Navy (NN) on Friday took delivery of its Landing Ship Tank (LST) NNS KADA which was built in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
NNS KADA, a 100-metre long roll-on-roll-off multipurpose vessel whose keel was laid in December 2019 at the Damen Shipyard in Sharjah, UAE, was launched 20 years after the navy decommissioned its last LST.
With a capacity to carry over 250 passengers including 32 crew members and 16 embarked Special Forces, The Nation reports that NNS KADA is currently the largest LST in the whole of Africa which is designed for a range of duties including amphibious operations, strategic transport of equipment and troops, disaster relief, medical evacuation and humanitarian assistance
It also has a helicopter deck and significant space to carry troops and tanks for ground forces on special mission.
Receiving the vessel at the NNS BEECROFT jetty on Friday, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, said it took the ship 56 days and a distance of 8,414.34 nautical miles to arrive Nigeria from UAE.
“NNS KADA’s maiden voyage afforded the ship’s company opportunity to pay port calls in five countries, which include Port Duqm in Oman, Port Mombasa in Kenya and Port Cape Town in South Africa.
“Others are Port Luanda in Angola and Port Gentil in Gabon. These port calls were in line with Nigerian Navy’s diplomatic role, an opportunity to further consolidate the nation’s relations with friendly littoral states and allies.
wish to commend the enthusiasm and professionalism exhibited by the Commanding Officer and his ships company throughout the voyage. This commendable conduct aligns with the Nigerian Navy core values of professionalism, integrity and team work and I enjoin the ship’s crew to keep it up,” he said.
He said the induction of ship into the navy’s fleet would further enhance its deterrence capability against maritime crimes and illegalities within the nation’s maritime domain and Gulf of Guinea