Navy celebrates NS Elephant’s 10th anniversary

02 May 2014 15:20pm
LÜDERITZ, 02 MAY (NAMPA) – The Namibian Navy celebrated the 10th anniversary of the commissioning of its largest maritime ship, Namibian Ship (NS) Elephant here on Thursday.
The celebration took place during the Crayfish Festival which is being held under the theme ‘Celebrating crayfish in diversity'.
Speaking at the event, Namibian Navy Captain, Rear Admiral Peter Vilho said NS Elephant represents another technical milestone in the offshore maritime capabilities of the navy.
“The NS Elephant is the flagship of the Namibian Navy. When you come across an elephant in the wild or elsewhere you would not need anyone to tell you that it is the largest land mammal on earth,” he said.
Vilho described the height, weight and strength of the NS Elephant maritime ship as ‘legendary’.
He noted that the Ministry of Defence has permanent naval facilities at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region and at Lüderitz in the //Karas Region.
Vilho said the Namibian Navy’s ships can only make short port calls, and Lüderitz has provided sanctuary, services and support to the navy which enable them to visit foreign harbours.
The navy is one of three arms of the Namibian Defence Force, with the other two being the Air Force and Army.
Vilho noted that the mission of the navy is to contribute to the defence of the territorial integrity and national interest of the people of Namibia and the State through the provision of maritime defence capability.
The celebration was attended by Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and //Karas Governor Bernadus Swartbooi.
The Crayfish Festival started on Wednesday and ends Monday.