Namibian Navy acquires new multi-purpose vessel from China.
14 Aug 2012
The Namibian Navy has acquired a new multi-purpose vessel from China.
With a deadweight of two-thousand-500 tonnes and length of 108 metres, the vessel named, Elephant, may carry both cargo and troops.
The arrival of the vessel coincided with the decommissioning of the Lieutenant-General Dimo Hamaambo vessel.
The vessel will be used for patrols and protection of Namibia's coastline as well as search and rescue operations.
The ship has a landing pad for a helicopter and may accommodate a 56 crew and 150 other people.
Justice Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and the Deputy Minister of Defence, Lempy Lucas, welcomed the vessel yesterday (mon).
Meanwhile, Navy Commander Peter Vilho has confirmed the termination of the Dimo Hamaambo vessel from active service.
The decommissioned vessel will be transferred to the Works and Transport Ministry for auctioning after all combat equipment, oil and lubricants have been removed.