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Nigeria’s NNS Thunder F90 was officially invested with the honour that is “Hero of the International Fleet Review” on account of having sailed all of 15,000 miles and halfway across the world to join other friendly navies in Australia. The Nigerian Navy were also the sole African service at the event.
NNS Thunder F90, commissioned into Nigerian naval service in January 2012, is a 115 metre long ship and weighs in at 3,250 tonnes. She is the second biggest ship of the Nigerian Navy and served in the United States Coast Guard as the USCGC Chase prior to being decommissioned in 2011. A sister ship of hers, the USCGC Gallatin which belongs to the same Hamilton class of cutters, is similarly expected to be transferred to the Nigerian Navy sometime in 2014.
The extremely long-ranged NNS Thunder, capable of handling a voyage of 26,000 kms at ‘economic speeds’, is the only naval ship in Africa today which is able to execute a total circumnavigation of the continent’s 26,000km coastline on one full tank – without the need for refuelling, that is. It underscores her deserved status as an EEZ patrol asset of the highest value in Nigerian naval service.