Africa’s sole representative at this year’s Royal Australian Navy (RAN) international fleet review, the Nigerian vessel NNS Thunder, is steaming to Port Louis in Mauritius after a three day port visit to Simon’s town.
She left the SA Navy fleet home port at the weekend bound for the Mauritian capital as another stop on her way to Sydney for the review starting on October 3.
Simon’s Town was her second outbound stop after Luanda and following the Port Louis stop it will be a long haul to Fremantle, the port serving Western Australia’s capital Perth, before the final leg to Sydney.
At the end of the international fleet review, which will have more than 25 foreign navies present as well as a major contingent from the home fleet, Thunder will steam home and is expected in her home port of Calabar on December 18. She will stop in at Melbourne, Albany, Port des Galet, Durban, Walvis Bay and Pointe Noire before mooring at Calabar after a more than four month long voyage.
Other navies which have accepted invitations to take part in the review, acknowledged as the major maritime event of the year, are the Royal Brunei Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, People’s Liberation Army Navy, French Navy, Indian Navy, Indonesian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, Royal Malaysian Navy, Federated States of Micronesia Maritime Police Unit, Royal New Zealand Navy, Papua New Guinea Defence Force – Maritime Operations Element, Republic of Singapore Navy, Spanish Navy, Republic of Korea Navy, Royal Thai Navy, Russian Navy, Tongan Defence Services – Maritime Force, the Royal Navy and the US Navy.