Nigerian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel, NNS LANA on Friday departs from Port of Banjul, Gambia for Tema in Ghana on its homeward journey to Nigeria.
Ghana is the vessel’s last port of call before heading for Nigeria.
Already, Nigerian Navy personnel and families of officers and rating who had travelled to bring the vessel are expecting the arrival of the NNS LANA with the call sign A499.
The vessel is expected to be inducted into the Nigerian Navy as soon as it arrives Lagos
NNS LANA was handed over to the Nigerian Navy in France on 15 January 2021 after the provisional acceptance trials was concluded. The crew training commenced in January 2021 and ended on 12 April 2021. The change of flag ceremony marks her readiness to embark on her maiden homebound voyage to Nigeria. Expectedly, NNS LANA would join the Nigerian Navy Fleet in May 2021. It is envisaged that the rebirth of NNS LANA would afford the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Department the leverage to successfully and systematically conduct hydrographic surveys and charting of Nigeria’s waters. It would also afford Nigeria with the opportunity of keying into the General Bathymetric Charts of the Oceans (GEBCO) Seabed 2030 project and the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) synthesis project which would ultimately facilitate Nigeria’s accomplishment of its obligation under SOLAS Convention in accordance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s deliberate and sustained policies on maritime safety and security.