NNS Thunder F90 in Fremantle, Australia, September 15, 2013
PHOTO CREDIT: SHIPSPOTTING/CHRIS HOWELL
VOICE OF NIGERIA
18 December, 2013
The Nigerian Navy frigate, ‘NNS Thunder’ has arrived in Lagos after taking part in a multinational sea exercise in Australia.
The ship departed Nigeria from Calabar on August 8, 2013 to participate in the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review. The International Fleet Review started on
October 3 with 37 ships from 17 countries assembling at Jarvis Bay for onward movement to Sydney in a tactical formation.
The events ended on October 11, 2013 which included a multinational sea
exercise and other events intended to
showcase the cordial relationship that exists among global maritime forces.
Voice of Nigeria Defence correspondent was at the reception ceremony held at Naval jetty Apapa, Lagos. She writes that the voyage to Australia afforded the crew an opportunity to train and bond together as an efficient and effective fighting force.
It also positively shaped the international perception of Nigeria by showcasing the goodwill, strategic credentials and potential of Nigeria as a littoral nation.
During its outbound journey to Australia, NNS Thunder made port calls at Luanda in Angola and Cape Town in South Africa. On her return trip, NNS Thunder also made port calls at Albany in Australia, Port Louis in Mauritius, Durban in South Africa,
Walvis Bay in Namibia and Port Noire in Congo.
NNS Thunder’s return to Nigeria was a happy moment for officers and men on board the ship as they saw the excited faces of their families and friends after 4 months of being away from home.
While welcoming the crew, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor who represented the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, said the ship made port calls to some African countries on its way to
Australia which further strengthens Nigeria’s diplomatic ties.
“Everywhere NNS THUNDER went to the diplomatic commitment rate higher, her presence speaks for itself. So the presence of our ship at various ports shows that the Nigerian Navy is a force to reckon with,” Rear Admiral Ogbor said.
Navy Captain Clement Atebi, who led the 165 crew members on board NNS Thunder to Australia points that their visit to other countries was impactful. “For each of these ports we got to we
made an impact on them and there was always the need and the penchant for collaborative efforts among the navies even at the international level,” Navy Captain Atebi said.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral
Dele Ezeoba commended the officers and ratings of NNS Thunder for their brilliant performance at the International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia.
The last time a Nigerian Navy ship
participated in an international maritime exercise of this magnitude outside Africa was in 2007 when NNS ARADU and NNS NWAMBA took part in the Brazilian Navy’s Centenary celebrations.