The First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan, on Monday in Wuhan, China, inaugurated the first purpose-built Nigerian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel christened NN OPV-F91
She also performed the Hull formation of the second Vessel – OPV-F92 being built by the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Limited.
Mrs. Jonathan at the event noted that the two-in-one ceremony bears testimony to the commitment and resolve of President Goodluck Jonathan administration to establish a strong and virile Navy capable of protecting Nigeria’s maritime territories.
She explained that the President has shown great commitment to the rapid transformation of Nigeria; particularly with the approval for the recapitalization of the Nigerian Navy Fleet to enable it address various maritime security challenges
The First lady emphasized that effective maritime security is vital to the realization of the Transformation Agenda of the present administration in Nigeria, in view of the fact that the country places significant value on the economic benefits of its coastal and marine areas.
Dame Jonathan expressed delight that the fitting-out of the second vessel will be completed at the Nigerian Naval Shipyard in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, appealing to the officers and men of the Nigerian Navy to continue in their tradition of professionalism, integrity and loyalty.
The Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin was represented at the event by Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor who praised President Goodluck Jonathan for his commitment to entrench a robust and combat ready Navy.
He thereafter joined the First lady and Senior officials of China Shipbuilding and Offshore Company to cut the ribbon and break the traditional bottle of champagne for the ship launch.
The hull formation of the first Vessel was done in September last year.
It will be recalled that the First Lady launched one of Nigerian Naval Ship- “THUNDER” about two years ago at the western Naval Command in Lagos.