Nigerian Navy Ship THUNDER arrived at Freemantle Harbour, Australia on Sunday, 15 September 2013 (9.07 am Nigerian time).
NNS THUNDER departed Port Louis, Mauritius on Thursday 5 September 2013 and arrived Freemantle two days ahead of her estimated time of arrival. She is expected to spend 4 days in Port before sailing for Port of Sydney. It will be recalled that NNS THUNDER departed Nigeria on 8 August 2013 to participate in the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review to be held in Sydney from 3 – 11 October 2013.
The voyage to Australia will afford the crew the opportunity to train and bond together as an efficient and effective fighting unit in line with the vision statement of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba which is: “to emplace a robust and combat ready Navy that is capable of effectively combating the security challenges in Nigeria’s maritime domain including the Gulf of Guinea for Nigeria’s economic prosperity and national development”.
The ship has so far made port calls at Luanda (Angola), Cape Town (South Africa), Port Louis (Mauritius) and Freemantle (Australia) enroute Sydney (Australia).
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