We finally reached Africa a couple of days ago, arriving in Lagos Nigeria for a week of busy diplomatic and capacity building events. Our arrival here has been timed to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Independence as well as the handover of a maritime training centre. The training centre was set up by the Royal Marines but is now ready to be handed over to the Nigerian Navy.
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Independence Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, conducted a Fleet Review, with HMS Ocean being invited to take part as a special guest. It was a wonderful sight to see all the Nigerian ships lined up in the channel, decorated with colourful flags (we call it ‘dress ship’ and only do it on very special occasions). We also ‘dressed ship’ and had the sailors lining the deck in the best white uniforms, ready to salute the president as his boat went passed.