As part of scheduled port calls on her homeward voyage to Nigeria, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) KADA has paid a port call to Luanda Port, Angola. This is contained in a statement signed by the Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Ayo Vaughan. This 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 (Amb) to Angola, Her Excellency, Amb (Prof) 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.
During the visit, the CNS representative, Rear Admiral Olumuyiwa Olotu appreciated the Angolan government for their support in receiving the ship. 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.
Similarly, during a courtesy call on Nigeria’s Ambassador to Angola, Her Excellency, Amb (Prof) Monique Ekpong 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.