ensuring Nigeria’s security, the Federal Government on Tuesday in Lagos
received two Special Mission Vessels (SMV), geared towards ridding the
Country’s waters of criminal activities.
The Nigerian Navy and the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, took delivery of the
Special Mission Vessels under the Deep Blue Project.
|A view of one of the vessels|
DB Abuja, which arrived the country recently are equipped with sophisticated
intelligence gathering capability for timely detection and response to illegal
activities in the Nigerian maritime domain.
growth of the Nigerian maritime sector and we are prepared, more than ever
before, to give it all it takes to end this nefarious act,” said Ibas, who was
represented by the Chief Security Officer, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral
M. M. Bashir.
would man the vessels will be given adequate training under the Deep Blue
Project so that the special features of the vessels can be adequately utilised
for the purpose of combating maritime illegalities.
of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said pirates and other criminals on the
country’s maritime domain up to the Gulf of Guinea, would soon meet their
waterloo, with the arrival and installation of the critical assets under the
Deep Blue Project.
the Agency’s Executive Director, Operations, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, disclosed
that aside of these two special mission vessels, 10 Fast Interceptor Boats have
also arrived the country and seven more are expected later in the year.
more secure and stable maritime environment in Nigeria. This milestone in asset
delivery inches us closer to full operational take-off of the Deep Blue
Project, hence it marks a huge victory for the Nigerian maritime sector in the
fight against maritime insecurity,” he said.
Abuja and DB Lagos, which are built to be intelligently operated, also served
as mother vessels to Fast Intervention crafts that are able to respond to
distress calls swiftly.
capacity of 900HP and can do up to 55knots.
vessels would be commanded by a Navy captain with full complement of naval
Federal Executive Council (FEC) granted approval for a holistic maritime
security architecture, which is a multi-pronged approach towards fighting
piracy. Aside the sea assets, there are also land and air assets, which are
still expected in the country before the end of the year.
and Control Centre at the Regional Maritime Resource Coordination Centre
(RMRCC), which is also part of the Deep Blue Project.
being installed under the Deep Blue Project at a press conference in Lagos
recently, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
revealed that a good number of the assets had arrived the country.
special mission aircraft will be in the country before the end of the first
quarter of the year, while six armoured personnel carriers were already in the
country, and the first unmanned aerial vehicle is expected soon.