The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, has commended the performance of officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy ship, NNS THUNDER at the ongoing Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia.
The CNS made this commendation during a visit to the ship where he also warned the personnel not to relent in their efforts as their objective was to participate in the event, make the nation proud and safely return home. Also speaking during a visit to the ship, Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Australia, Ambassador Ayo Olukanni commended President Goodluck Jonathan, the CNS and NNS THUNDER’s personnel for the presence of the ship in Australia which would go a long way to correct whatever bad impressions Australians may have on Nigerians.
Similarly, the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs had expressed delight at the presence of NNS THUNDER – the only African ship at the Review - which made the whole show a global affair. The ongoing International Fleet Review commenced on 3 Oct 2013 with 37 participating ships assembling at the Jarvis Bay for onward movement to Sydney, the venue of the historic event, in tactical formation. The historic event will last till 11 October 2013 and will include a multi – national sea exercise and other notable events intended to showcase the cordial relationship that exist between global maritime forces.
It is noteworthy that the last time a Nigerian Navy ship participated in an international maritime exercise outside Africa was in 2007 when NNS ARADU and NNS OBULA participated in the Brazilian Navy’s Centenary Celebrations.