The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas on Monday laid the keel for the construction of a warship, Landing Ship Tank (LST) 100 to boost the Nigerian Navy’s (NN) sealift capability.
The keel laying ceremony which took place at the DAMEN Shipyard Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), came 41 years after the federal government purchased two German 502 Amphibious vessels- NNS AMBE and NNS OFIOM which were decommissioned over 10 years ago.
A troop carrier, The Nation reports that LST 100 would in no small way aid naval operations at sea because aside its unique combat strength, the warship has the ability to lift battalion of soldiers and heavy equipment at a go.
Laying the keel, the CNS said it was a significant step towards actualising the dream of restoring NN’s sealift capability since the decommissioning of NNS AMBE and NNS OFIOM.
“These vessels served the Navy meritoriously in the 1980s-90s, playing significant roles…