A Cameroonian Naval Ship, CNS Le Ntem, has visited the Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar with a view to strengthening maritime relationship between the two military formations.
The ship berthed at the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory Jetty in Calabar, Cross River State, on Thursday at about 2pm.
Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole, said the ship was on a friendly visit to Calabar to strengthen maritime relations.
According to him, the ship represents the government of Cameroon in Nigeria, adding that both navies have been enjoying cordial working relationship along the maritime coast since 2013.
The FOC said the Nigerian Navy, which had been saddled with the responsibility of safeguarding the maritime domain, would not relent in fostering cordial working relationship between both navies.
He said, “I want to specially salute the efforts of the Cameroonian Navy for embarking on this journey with the aim of fostering cordial working relationship. I am seeing this visit as a sign that we want to work together. Over the years, the naval interaction between both navies has improved greatly.
“Looking at your vessel and the visit, I am very confident that the collaboration will checkmate maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea and beyond. I can assure you that the Nigerian Navy and the Cameroonian Navy will continue to work together to ensure that we deliver on our different roles.
“We have had instances where we have been able to checkmate the acts of piracy and made some arrests even all the way from Angola down to Senegal. When it comes to surveillance, it is not just the movement of ships. Before 2013, it was not that easy to collaborate; but after the Yaounde Code of Conduct, we have been achieving success in our diplomatic collaborations.
“That we have a Cameroonian ship visiting on their national day shows the future is bright. The only threat to peace are the pirates. Pirates are all over; they do not have a border. The more the vessels we have, the better for us. The future is bright to face maritime threats.”
Responding, the Commanding Officer of CNS Le Ntem, Capt. Mekinda Betrand, said the visit of their ship to Calabar was to strengthen the maritime relationship between both navies.
Betrand expressed satisfaction with the operational method of the Nigerian Navy, saying the Cameroonian Navy was happy to have a cordial maritime relationship with their Nigerian counterpart.
The Cameroonian Counsel in Nigeria, Mr. Michel Atamdana, commended Oluwole for his warm reception of their vessel into Nigeria.