Nigerian Navy builds three warships, 9 barges

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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS)

By Oladapo Udom

The Nigerian Naval Dockyard Limited has built three warships, one fuel barge, one water barge, one houseboat, and six agriculture boats in 11 years.

Rear Adm. Bolaji Orederu, Admiral Superintendent of the Dockyard, stated this on Monday, noting that the vessels were built between 2012 and 2023.

According to Orederu, the warships are the Nigerian Navy Ships (NNS) Andoni, Karaduwa, and Odia, as well as other boats, barges, and other equipment.

He added that the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, has also given them the go-ahead to begin building two ships for the Nigerian Navy.

“We build ships, barges, boats, and offshore structures and also partner with other maritime players to do some construction and fabrication.

“All our vision, mission, and ideas are derived from the direction of the CNS to reposition the navy to greater heights to attain our constitutional roles.

“So, the Naval Dockyard Limited has a lot to offer the nation in terms of local contents, and this speaks much of our local content capabilities,” the admiral superintendent said.

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Orederu stated that the naval dockyard recently completed six agricultural boats in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He described the boats as “mini patrol boats powered by outboard engines that were simple to maintain.”

“We have outboard engineers spread all over the country in abundance, so maintenance of these boats will be easy.

Orederu asked for additional federal institutions and commercial organisations to work with the Navy to build more vessels and infrastructure for community and national development.

“We have naval bases, naval establishments, and forward operations bases in all the coastal states, and all these departments have maintenance units.

“So, the maintenance of these vessels and infrastructure will be easy,” the admiral superintendent said.

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