NIGERIAN NAVY SHIP, NNS THUNDER F90, COMMENCES 4-MONTH RETURN VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA; BILLED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW (3 – 11 OCTOBER 2013)

The Nigerian Navy's NNS Thunder F90

The Nigerian Navy’s NNS Thunder F90

NIGERIAN NAVY (Press Release)

The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) THUNDER, will participate in the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review (IFR) slated for 3 – 11 October 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

Following the invitation from the Australian Navy, President Goodluck Jonathan granted an approval for the ship to participate in the review. NNS THUNDER will therefore depart Calabar to Sydney on 2 August 2013 and return to home port on 18 December 2013.

NNS THUNDER will be making outbound port calls at Luanda, Cape Town, Port Louis, Freemantle and Sydney and on the in-bound leg visit Melbourne, Albany, Port Des Galet, Durban, Walvis Bay and Pointe Noire.

The Fleet Review will commence on 4 October 2013. The formal review of the participating ships will take place in Sydney Harbour on 5 October 2013.Other activities include a march through the streets of Sydney, sporting fixtures, cultural event and exercise TRITON CENTENARY (TC13) which will be conducted in 2 phases before and after completion of the Fleet Review.

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6 Responses to NIGERIAN NAVY SHIP, NNS THUNDER F90, COMMENCES 4-MONTH RETURN VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA; BILLED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW (3 – 11 OCTOBER 2013)

  1. Yagazie says:

    GOD’s speed and protection to the officers and men of as well as the ship NNS Thunder. I KNOW that they will do us and Africa PROUD at the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia. Another fantastic opportunity for the Nigerian Navy to showcase it’s nascent ‘blue water’ capabilities and ocean crossing skills. Am looking forward to seeing the photographs on this blog in the not too distant future. ‘ONWARD TOGETHER!!’

  2. Max Montero says:

    Wow, is it really just to attend the fleet review and visit Australia, or there are other purposes for the deployment, like upgrades? I find it amusing since there appears to be lack of large ships to patrol Nigerian EEZ but there is still space to deploy the frigate to a far-away country just to attend a fleet review. BTW don’t get me wrong, I’m not criticizing, I’m just asking a curious question.

    Max (maxdefense.blogspot.sg)

  3. Yagazie says:

    Hi Max, long time no hear!! Hope you are keeping well. No offense taken. Your comments are well received as they make perfect and rational sense. Personally, I believe that the purpose is to attend the fleet review and visit Australia. We are the only Navy from Africa attending (the South Africans have prior commitments and so will not be attending) – and someone has to represent our continent at this event. Also lets not forget that one of the benefits of having a Navy is to embark on ‘flag showing/goodwill’ visits from time to time- an extension of foreign policy. It also gives our officers and men a chance to improve/expand on their practical skills and ocean -crossing experience as well as test the ship to its utmost – and these experiences can be documented and passed on at our naval accadamies to future officers and men in training. Furthermore the ship will embark on port visits on both the outward and homeward journeys which will enable our men interact with their counterparts in other navies and exchange/cross-fertilize ideas and experiences. I guess as a former naval man yourself – you are aware of the benefits of this. I am also hoping that the visit will provide the ‘conduicive atmostphere/goodwill ‘ for possible discussions into the purchase of the recently retired ‘Freemantle class’ patrol vessels (which would assist us in patroling our EEZ) from the Australians. However that is my educated guess and I am not stating this as a fact.

    • Max Montero says:

      Hi Yagazie, thanks for your comments, actually those are the same reasons that i can think of. Actually I’m thinking of another thing as well: isn’t it possible that there will be some works to be done on the NNS Thunder in Australia either repair or upgrade? There are some tidbits on information also pointing to Australia for some works on our own Hamilton-class ships, so probably some connection perhaps?

      Max

  4. ifiok umoeka says:

    Admiral Max, good to here from you. How’s ur blog? Gen Yagz has put it better than I would have. Let’s just say its a sacrifice that hopefully will pay

  5. Delavegas says:

    The Nigerian Navy leaves Sydney harbor today. Any news, pictures, etc?

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