Nigeria Navy sends off Indian counterparts, as NNS NGURU, NNS UNITY, others perform passage exercise for Indian Warship, INS TARKASH

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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.

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