French Naval Ship Visits Nigeria

French Naval Ship Visits NigeriaThe military cooperation between Nigeria and France remains intact, according to the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai.

He made the affirmation while receiving a 90- man crew on board French ship Commandant L’ hermimier on a diplomatic mission to the country.

The ship berthed at the Naval Dockyard in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The 2-day visit would afford the French Navy a platform for exchange of strategic sessions with the Nigerian counterparts.

The visit is expected to also include training sessions in safety exercises, diving, as well as running of different techniques for boarding.

Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai said: “We are going to take the opportunity of their visit to engage them in training some of our personnel in some agreed areas where they have the capacity to do so.

“So, in essence, the visit is a welcome development and it only goes to show you that there is bilateral cooperation between France and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Nigeria-China Navy Deepen Relationship In Training

Nigeria-China-NavyNigeria and China have continued to enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship between the Naval Commands of the two countries.

Both countries have taken a step further in military exchange programme, with the successful completion of a four-month training programme for men of the Nigerian Navy.

A team of Chinese naval personnel were on the NNS Sagbama, a complimentary patrol vessel from the Peoples Republic of China, where they trained Nigerian Navy personnel on its maintenance.

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The NNS Sagbama, a complimentary patrol vessel from the Peoples Republic of China

At a brief ceremony to honour the Chinese team, the FOC, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jonathan Ango, commended the level of cooperation between the two countries.

“We want to thank them very much for their efforts in putting our personnel through the rigours and techniques of commanding and maintaining the ship, NNS Sagbama,” he said.

A representative of the Chinese Consular, Li Yong, said that all the Chinese team members had stamped their own footprints in the history of China-Nigeria military co-operation.

“We are fully convinced that more frequent military exchanges and closer cooperation between our two countries will be expected,” he said.

 

Oil Bunkering: Western Naval Command Arrests Suspected Hijackers

BunkeringThe Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy has arrested 3 men suspected to be engaged in illegal crude oil bunkering.

At a press briefing in Lagos, the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade, said that the arrest was carried out following intelligence tips which led to the interception of a vessel MV long island outside the Lagos bar.

He said that while the hijackers were being interrogated, a sample of the stolen product has been sent to the Department of Petroleum Resources for confirmation.

He promised that at the end of investigations, the Navy would hand over the suspects, the vessel and the product to the appropriate authorities for further investigation and possible prosecution.