Coast Guard Warship Donated By US leaves for Nigeria

Nov 21, 2011 – Coast Guard Warship Donated By U.S.A leaves for Nigeria

The U.S Coast Guard Warship donated to the Nigeria Navy on May 13 will depart for Nigeria from Alameda, California on Monday.

The vessel, which is designed as a high endurance cutter with a crossing range of 9,600 miles at 20 knots, has an 80-foot flight deck capable of handling navy helicopters, and can undertake extended patrol missions.

Its capabilities are enhanced by advanced air search and surface search radars, including the AN/SPS-73 digital surface radar system which incorporates a state-of-the-art computerised collision avoidance system.

The warship is currently docked at the Coast Guard Island in Alameda, where a ceremony for the departure has been scheduled to take place.

The ship was donated to the Nigerian Navy in recognition of the good relationship existing between Nigeria and the U.S.

It is expected to enhance the seaworthiness of the Nigeria Navy and make it well prepared to effectively police not only Nigerian territorial waters, but the entire West African coast.

The warship was commissioned to the U.S. Navy in 1968.

In the past months, rehabilitation has been carried out on the ship, while the Nigerian crew also underwent training on it.

The U.S. Coast Guard ship has been renamed Nigeria Navy Thunder F90 (NNS Thunder or Aradu).