Man Becomes First Nigerian to Take Command of a US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer

Man Becomes First Nigerian to Take Command of a US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer

- A Nigerian-American has broken and set a new record as far as the United States Navy is concerned

- Commander Kelechi Ndukwe will on Friday April 2, 2021 take command of a US Navy-guided missile destroyer

- The chemical engineering graduate has many laurels to his credits is on a mission to support vulnerable children of Calabar – join the initiative on Patreon, let’s change more lives together!

Commander Kelechi Ndukwe has done the nation and himself proud with his recent achievement in the US Navy.

Kelechi in a decision made by the military top brass of the United States, with the knowledge of the US President Joe Biden has been appointed and given charge to take command of the US Navy-guided missile destroyer USS HALSEY (DDG-97).

Wow! This Man Becomes the First Nigerian to Take Command of a US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer
Nigerian-American makes history in the US Navy Photo Credit: RefinedNG
Source: UGC

The graduate of chemical engineering from Notre Dame will take charge on Friday, April 2, 2021.

The Nigerian-American's new feat is another feather to his already feather-filled cap. Before now, he has received unit-level and campaign awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, RefinedNG highlighted.

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Aside his numerous laurels and recognitions.

Kelechi has served in capacities as Surface Strike Requirement Officer-OPNAV 96 at the Pentagon, Washington DC; Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director for Surface Warfare on the Navy Staff, Washington DC; Surface Warfare Branch Chief, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, representing the Navy on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Liaison Officer.

A quick look up at the official website of the US Navy confirms this recent development.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that a Nigerian man overcame pain to become an officer in the US Navy.

In a LinkedIn post, Abiola said that he had to endure 13 weeks of pain and a fracture on his right tibia before he made the Officer Candidate School (OCS) graduation.

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According to his public profile on the platform, he had his first degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University before he proceeded to the University of Denver for his masters in computer and information systems security/information assurance in 2017.

He joined the force as an electrical engineer in April 2013 and became the precision physical and dimensional measurement calibrator in 2018.

Victor Duru is a journalist with more than three years of working experience in the media industry. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management Studies from Imo State University, where he was a Students' Union Government Director of Information. Victor is a Human Interest Editor, Strategic Content Creator and a Google-certified Digital Marketer. Connect with him on Twitter @DuruCVictor2


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