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Victory with Honour A Memoir of My Command Experience Onboard Nigerian Navy Ship OKPABANA

Author Name: Olusegun Ferreira | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

Victory with Honour, is an account of my stewardship whilst I was onboard NNS OKPABANA as the Commanding Officer from 2015 – 2016. The book renders a chronological narrative of my operational and command experiences with an opening chapter giving an exposé on the essence of sea power and the concept of navies, a brief historical perspective of the Nigerian Navy in the second, and the third chapter begins with my own story. I also presented my view of the maritime security situation in the Gulf of Guinea and how to address the challenges being experienced therein. The book continues with a personal account of the various exercises and operations that the ship participated in whilst I was in command. Notable were the various anti-piracy operations conducted by my ship, Nigerian Navy exercises as well as multinational exercises organised by the NN and friendly foreign countries. The last chapter highlighted my perspective on command for current and future commanding officers, though navy-centric, could apply to almost any sphere of life. I also believe more needs to be laid out in the public space on how Nigeria as a maritime nation, can further leverage her sea power potential like other maritime powers with access to the seas did in the past, towards enhancing national development and economic prosperity.

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Olusegun Ferreira

Olusegun Ferreira is a Commodore in the Nigerian Navy who has served his nation since 1993 as a Seaman/Executive Officer upon graduation from the Nigerian Defence Academy as a gentleman officer in the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The author has been involved in operations at sea and has also served onboard various classes of ships. He is qualified as a naval aviator as well as an Instructor Pilot and was involved in air operations, both seaborne and shore based. He has attended a number of military, professional and post-graduate courses including the National Defence College Course, which prepares military officers for strategic level appointments and higher defence management functions.

Commodore Ferreira has also had command of both the Naval Air Base and NNS OKPABANA, a Nigerian Navy frigate which was his last appointment before he was designated as Nigeria’s Defence Adviser to the Nigerian High Commission in New Delhi with concurrent accreditation to 6 other countries; Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore and South Korea.

The author is an experienced and accomplished seaman who has put together his command and operational experiences whilst onboard NNS OKPABANA culminating in the publishing of this book, “Victory with Honour”. Olusegun is also an alumnus of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Coventry University, UK and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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