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The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Kada has paid a port call to Luanda Port, Angola, as both countries pledge to boost maritime security.

The Ship paid the visit on Sunday 15 May 2022, as part of scheduled port calls on her homeward voyage to Nigeria. This also
comes 13 days after the ship had paid a similar visit to the Port of Cape Town, South Africa.

On arrival at Luanda, NNS Kada was received by Nigeria’s Ambassador  to Angola, Amb Monique Ekpong, also the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Amb Adenike Ukonga and a delegation from the Naval Headquarters led by the Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command, Rear Admiral Olumuyiwa Olotu who represented the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), accompanied by other senior officers namely the Defence Attache to Angola, Commodore Mohammed Muye, Commodore Yusuf Idris and Captain Badamasi Yahuza.

According to a statement issued by Nay’s spokesperson,  Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the CNS representative, Rear Admiral Olumuyiwa Olotu appreciated the Angolan government for their support in receiving the ship during the visit.

The representative of the Luanda Port Harbour Master, Joser R Amaral, recalled that Angola and Nigeria has had a long standing relationship over years and pledged to provide any additional support required by the ship.

“Meanwhile, at a later visit to the National Directorate of Defence Policy, Angola, the Director, Lieutenant General Barbosa Antunes Epalanga, noted that the relationship between both countries was consolidated with the creation of defence sections at the embassies in both Luanda and Nigeria.

“Furthermore, he stressed the need for further engagements between both countries’ military in combating threats such as terrorism. While thanking the Nigerian government for choosing Luanda as one of the ports to be visited, the representative of the CNS, Angolan Navy, Rear Admiral Cosme Faria, emphasized the need to have some maritime exercises between both countries in the future for enhanced maritime security of the Gulf of Guinea,” the statement read.

Similarly during a courtesy call on Nigeria’s Ambassador to Angola, thanked the Angolan government for granting the approval for the ship to stop over in Luanda Port. The Amb also called for more bilateral engagements between both countries.  

It would be recalled that NNS KADA departed the United Arab Emirates on Friday1 April 2022 after a Change of Flag ceremony and she is expected to arrive Nigeria on 27 May 2022.

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