NNS Thunder F90, sister ship to NNS Okpabana F94, pictured at the International Fleet Review 2013 in Australia.
2 January, 2015
By PHILIP NWOSU
The Nigerian Navy is set to boost its policing of the nation’s maritime environment with the coming of a new warship, NNS Okpabana, from the United States of America.
NNS Okpabana,a former United States Coast Guard vessel, Daily Sun learnt, would, like its sister vessel, NNS Thunder, join in the policing of Nigeria’s waterways, in response to the mandate by President Goodluck Jonathan to rid the waterways of crude oil thieves.
Daily Sun learnt that the vessel,which was purchased from the United States government,had on its way to Nigeria visited Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, Dakar in Senegal and Tema in Ghana.
With a crew of 117 ratings and 29 officers, the vessel will arrive Nigeria today to an elaborate ceremony planned to hold in Lagos.