Geingob commissions new navy patrol ships at Walvis

28 Oct 2017 15:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 28 OCT (NAMPA) - The Commander-in-Chief of the Namibian Defence Forces and President of the country, Hage Geingob on Friday commissioned two new navy patrol ships named Duares and Brukkaros.
Speaking at the commissioning, Geingob said the ships, which bring the total patrol fleet to six, increased the force’s capability to ensure security and territorial integrity of the country.
“We are a child of international solidarity; enemy to none and friends to all, unless our sovereignty is placed under threat,” he declared adding that although Namibia is a peaceful nation, given the disturbing rate of flux in modern day geopolitics, the nation must always remain vigilant in terms of national security.
“It is for this reason that we must constantly upgrade and our military hardware and train our military personnel to enable us to repel any threat to our sovereignty, whether aerial, terrestrial or marine.”
Geingob thanked and commended the cordial and all-weather friendship that exists between Namibia and China, from where the boats were bought.
“As Commander-in-Chief I would also like to challenge our Defence Minister, Chief of Defence and our service commanders to develop innovative proposals for the funding of our military,” said the President.
Navy Commander Rear Admiral Sinsy Ndeshi Nghipandua said the navy has grown since its establishment, saying it has built support bases with reasonable harbour support facilities, established a training institution and localised basic courses, created the marine battalion, procured resources and equipment and established a strong fleet.
“We, however, still have a long way to go with the acquisition of required capabilities and operationalisation of the fleet.”
Daures, the name of one of the commissioned ships, is a Constituency in Erongo Region while the other, Brukkaros is a volcanic mountain in //Kharas Region.
The ships were bought in November last year and brought to Namibia, where they were inspected and tested in July this year.
The crew aboard the two ships were also trained in China.