Nigerian Navy to Parade 16 Warships, Helicopters and Fighter Jets to Honour Buhari

The Nigerian Navy has announced that it would honour President Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos state.The Navy disclosed that it would parade 16 warships, three warships from Spain, Brazil and Ghana as well as six helicopters and fighter jets from the Nigerian Air Force to do so.Presidential Fleet Reviews are events practiced by navies across the world in order to honour their sovereigns or heads of government as a sign of loyalty and allegiance to the state.The presidential fleet review will also provide an avenue for the president to assess the navy’s preparedness to defend the state in case of an attack.Speaking at a world press conference in Abuja on Thursday, May 11 the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, said the Presidential Fleet Review (PFR) 2023, is scheduled to hold from May 19-22, 2023 in Lagos.He said the review themed: “Fleet Readiness for National Prosperity” was carefully chosen to underscore the essence and value of the Nigerian Navy as a responsive naval force poised towards the attainment of national prosperity.Gambo, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Suleiman Garba, said a total of 20 capital ships were procured for the Nigerian Navy during Buhari’s 8 year tenure.“The ships comprise offshore patrol vessels, landing ship transport, hydrographic survey vessels, seaward defence boats, helicopters as well as over 300 inshore patrol vessels and assault crafts.“The president also commissioned two locally built ships in 2016 and 2021 and laid the keel for two more, which will be ready by 2024.“The Nigerian Navy deems it appropriate to honour the Commander-in-Chief for his support to the service.“The 2023 Presidential Fleet Review is therefore organised in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari in recognition of his generous contribution to the service and the nation at large”, he stated.