As part of its farewell programmes, Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Nguru and others on Sunday performed passage exercise for the departing India warship, INS Tarkash which had been in the country since Sept. 5.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other ships that participated in the exercise are NNS UNITY, NNS KARADUWA, NNS SAGBAMA, as well as NN helicopter and the Special Boat Service (SBS) boats.
NAN reports that INS Tarkash came visiting to celebrate 60 years that Nigeria and India entered into diplomatic relations.
The INS Tarkash came into Nigeria’s territorial waters on Sept. 5 and departed on Sept.8.
The exercise also known as PASSEX was aimed at fostering greater cooperation and camaraderie with friendly foreign navies.
NAN also reports that there was a ceremonial steam-past, wherein, Nigeria Navy ships and the Indian War ship sailed past each other in formation.
The exercise conducted include: communication, gunnery, fleet manoeuvrings, visit, board, Spsearch and seizure.
This exercise provided an opportunity for participants from both countries to bid adieu to fellow seafarers and marked the end of the visit.
NAN alsomreports that Nigeria remains the only country in West Africa which has cooperation with the India Navy.
Over the years, both navies had exchanged training orogrammes for their personnel in different areas.
Some of the activities during their visit include: diving activities by Indian divers, medical campaign on Down Syndrome and sensitisation at Iju.