OPV NNS UNITY visits Simonís Town

Article by Petty Officer Sthembiso Makuleni
Photos by Petty Officer Sthembiso Makuleni and Able Seaman Samantha Erasmus

The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) UNITY arrived in Simonís Town on Sunday 23 October 2016. The purpose of the visit was for a Port Call in order to strengthen ties between the Nigerian Navy and the South African Navy. The shipsí company also took the opportunity to rest and recuperate before departing for Lagos, Nigeria.


Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo
arriving at Fleet Command Head Quarters with his entourage

NNS UNITY is a corvette type vessel with a displacement of 1 500 tons, length of 90 metres, beam 11.14 metres, draught 4.0 metres, propulsion SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC diesel motors, speed 25 knots, range 3 500 nautical miles at 16 knots, compliment of 78 with a helipad for medium-lift helicopters.



The Nigerian Navy delegation during courtesy call to Flag Officer Fleet

Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral B.K Mhlana receiving a gift from Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo

The Nigerian delegation comprising of Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo, Defence Adviser of Nigeria to Republic of South Africa, Commodore S.S Lassa and the Commanding Officer of NNS UNITY Captain A.O Ogunleye paid a courtesy call to Flag Officer Fleet Rear Admiral B.K Mhlana and Flag Officer Commanding Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) J.T Dlamini respectively on Monday 24 October 2016.



Commanding Officer of NNS UNITY Captain A.O Ogunleye handing a gift to Flag Officer Fleet

South African Navy soccer team

   


Nigerian Navy soccer team

NNS UNITY hauled alongside by Tug Imvubu

Later during the day a soccer match was held at Martello Sports field followed by Sunset Cocktail Function on-board NNS UNITY to further interaction between the two countries.



Invited uniformed members saluting during Sunset Ceremony onboard NNS UNITY

Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to the Republic of South Africa Mr M. Cobham delivering his speech

   


Flag Officer Fleet, Rear Admiral B.K Mhlana thanking the Nigerian Navy for visiting and wish them well on their journey back home

Flag Officer Commanding Logistics Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo addressing the guest

The SA Navy wishes the NNS UNITY shipsí company fare winds and calms seas on their journey back home.



Acting Consul general of the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China Mrs Lee during her address

Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral (Junior Grade) J.T Dlamini in conversation with Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo

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