Saturday, November 12, 2016

Second China-made offshore patrol vessel arrives in Nigeria


November 11, 2016 - The offshore patrol vessel Unity, the second vessel of this kind Nigeria ordered from China, arrived in Nigeria's largest port city Lagos on November 4, local time, after a 45-day voyage covering nearly 12,000 nautical miles, according to the website of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation.
The Unity is built by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, following the "Century", which was delivered to Nigeria last year.
The Unity sailed into the Lagos military port at around 14:00 on the day, local time. Nigerian chief of naval staff and China’s consul general in Lagos, who was on behalf of the Chinese side, attended the welcome ceremony at the port.

Setting sail from Qidong Port in Jiangsu, China, the Unity passed through the Taiwan Strait into the South China Sea, traversed the Strait of Malacca and the Indian Ocean, entered the Atlantic Ocean via the Cape of Good Hope. On its cross-ocean voyage, the vessel visited five countries including Malaysia, Mauritius, and South Africa and conducted friendly exchanges with navies of the visited countries.

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