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Nigerian President commissions locally made Naval Warships

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday went to Nigerian Naval dockyard in Victoria Island, Lagos to commission locally made Naval ships. He hailed the expertise and ingenuity of the Navy and those behind the building of the ships.

While speaking at the occasion, he stressed on the need for local content development in the construction of some essential operational tools especially in the military.

The Naval ships were given local names. Nigerian Navy Ship UNITY, Nigerian Navy Ship KARADUWA and Nigerian Navy Tugboat COMMANDER EDWIN UGWU. Two out of the three, NNS Karaduwa and NN Tugboat Commander Edwin Ugwu are locally made.

The President said, “It is most fulfilling to note that our own engineers at the Nigerian Navy Dockyard, Lagos and the Naval Shipyard, Port Harcourt are wholly responsible for the building of the Seaward Defence Boat, Nigerian Navy Ship KARADUWA and the Tugboat COMMANDER EDWIN UGWU, respectively.

“It is also worth noting that NNS UNITY, which is Nigeria’s newest warship, is the second of such acquisitions from the Peoples’ Republic of China.” he added.

The President further praised the Nigerian Navy for being proactive in nursing the dream of a made-in-Nigeria ships and not relying solely on foreign sources.

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