Nigerian Navy Collides with Total-Owned Vessel
By Rob Almeida On March 21, 2012
"One person is still missing after a Nigerian warship, NNS Thunder, collided with a Total-owned vessel on Nigeria’s Bonny River.
“Prior to her commissioning in Nigeria as NNS THUNDER(F90), the ship was formerly called United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) CHASE (WHEC-718).”
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"The vessel had been in Almeda, California, United States since it was handed over to the Nigerian government in May 2011. From there, troops from the Nigerian Navy joined the vessel on a cruise to Nigeria. It set sail from Almeda County on November 21, 2011, after several months of proper refitting and repainting to suit the Nigerian Navy inventory."
USCGC Chase (WHEC-718) was a Hamilton class High Endurance Cutter of the United States Coast Guard. She was laid down on October 26, 1966 at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, launched on May 20, 1967 and commissioned on March 11, 1968. Chase is the fourth of twelve Hamilton Class, 378-foot (115 m) cutters, and the third cutter named in honor of Salmon Portland Chase. She was decommissioned on March 29, 2011 and transferred to the Nigerian Navy as an excess defense article under the Foreign Assistance Act as NNS Thunder (F90).