The USCGC Gallatin is a 115 metre 3,250 ton Hamilton-class ship. She is a sister ship to the NNS Thunder F90 which was transferred to the Nigerian Navy on May 13, 2011 and entered Nigerian service on January 23, 2012.
The USNS John McDonnell is a 64 metre 2,054 ton oceanographic survey ship
24 May, 2013
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Dele
Ezeoba, said on Friday that Nigeria would get two additional warships from
U.S. Ezeoba announced this in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the activities lined up to mark the 57th Anniversary of the Nigerian Navy.
Represented by Rear Adm. Emmauel
Ogbor, Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP),
Ezeoba gave the names of the ships as US Navy Survey Ship MCDONELL and US Coast Guard Cutter GALLATIN. He said the transfer of the ships to the Nigerian Navy (NN) would be actualised before the end of 2014, adding that the joint visual inspection of the two vessels would be undertaken in May and August.
“I must put on record that the
Government of the U.S has in the last 10
years, transferred some ships to the navy as part of its capacity building support. “Some of the ships include THUNDER, OBULA, NWAMBA, KYANWA and OLOGBO. “These ships have contributed immensely to the security of the nation’s maritime environment and the Gulf of Guinea,’’ he said.
Ezeoba said the issue of maritime
resource management involved not only
the navy but other stakeholders in the
industry. He said there was collaboration between the navy and other stakeholders in providing a secured environment for maritime resource management.
“To this extent, a crucial meeting with
stakeholders in the nation’s oil and gas
sector took place at the Naval
Headquarters on Feb. 21, 2013. “The meeting was aimed at proffering
workable solutions to the numerous
challenges in the sector. As a follow up to the meeting, the NN also hosted a 2-day retreat for maritime stakeholders at Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
“At the end of the retreat, far-reaching
resolutions were reached on how to
ensure a secured maritime environment
for the nation,’’ Ezeoba said. He said it was gratifying to note that the naval headquarters had begun the implementation of the resolutions with
According to the Chief of Naval Staff, the
issue of training has continued to receive priority attention in the scheme of things under his watch. Ezeoba said officers and ratings were continuously attending courses, seminars and symposia within and outside the country.
He said the programme for the navy’s
anniversary include interdenominational
church services, which will hold
simultaneously in all the Commands on
May 26, and special Juma’at prayers in
the commands on May 31.
“Navy Ships will be opened to visitors on
May 29, and on the same day, there will
be special medical rhapsody in host
communities. “On the evening of June 1, there will be Ceremonial Sunset and Cocktail party as the ceremonial sunset is one of the oldest and most significant naval ceremonies to conclude days of special importance.’’
Eighteen days ago, your most authoritative Beegeagle’s Blog, in a world exclusive report, categorically stated that the Nigerian Navy are in line to receive the USCGC Gallatin sometime in 2014.
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