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LOCAL REFIT OF NIGERIAN NAVY SHIPS CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS


Local Refit In Support Of The Indian Navy
Although India ’s maritime history is not often well- remembered, sea- faring traditions date back to Vedic times, 2000-500BC, when the ancestors recognised and exploited their surrounding sea, using it as an avenue for trade and in the process exporting her culture and religion. It was not until after the colonial rule that an Indian Navy emerged and eventually metamorphosed into a modern navy, following the presence of the United States Naval Task Force in their contiguous waters in mid 1971, an act that was considered an intimidation 5.

CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF LOCAL REFIT EFFORT IN THE NN
In the history of the NN, she has carried out extensive refit programmes, particularly in Europe . However, in the year 1990, there was a policy shift due primarily to economic reasons. The NN needed to utilise some of the refit experiences acquired from Europe , as she could no longer cope with the cost of refitting all her ships abroad.

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BIOGRAPHY OF CAPT WK OGUNBIYI
Capt (NN) William Kunle Ogunbiyi was commissioned into the Nigerian Navy in 1982 with a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. He subsequently attended several courses including Weapon Engineering Application Course in UK , Intermediate Level Weapon Maintenance Course (Nig), Junior and Senior Division Staff Course both in Jaji , Nigeria and Defence Diplomacy Diploma Course, Cranfield University , UK . He has served as Weapon Engineering Officer on several NN ships including NNS DAMISA, NNS AMBE, NNS ENYIMIRI and NNS LANA. He has also been a Staff Officer in several NN Units and Command. He was indeed a Staff Officer at the ECOMOG Headquarters in Sierra Leone . Capt WK Ogunbiyi was a member of the Directing Staff, Senior Division Jaji. He is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and is also registered with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). He loves reading and is a student of Software Engineering. He was a Deputy Director at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja and is presently the Director of Maintenance (Weapons Engineering) at the Fleet Maintenance Corps Headquarters, Lagos .

 
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