CONCEPT NOTE FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL FLEET REVIEW MARITIME DISCOURSE
1. Presidential Fleet Review (PFR) are traditional events with which navies across the world honour their sovereigns or heads of government during their tenure of office. It involves assemblage of ships and other maritime assets at pre-designated area for the purpose of demonstrating loyalty and allegiance to the State. The review equally assures a nation of its navy’s preparedness in collaboration with other navies to meet statutory obligations in maritime security, safety and defence. In keeping with this tradition, the NN is organizing a PFR to honour the C-in-C whose tenure of office elapses in May 23. The President would be expected to review the fleet at anchorage positions and also commission the newly acquired ships and the AW109SP helicopter among other activities during the event.
2. The theme of the 2023 PFR is ‘Fleet Readiness for National Prosperity’. The theme is carefully conceptualized to depict and underscore the essence of a responsive navy and the value the NN fleet brings to facilitate national prosperity in Nigeria. On the sideline of the PFR is a maritime discourse which is organized to further highlight the workings of the various branches of the Service and how they are sequenced to support NN operations. The maritime discourse is scheduled to hold before the main event and is therefore earmarked as a veritable platform to project the NN’s current and future scales of effort for a robust fleet that is ever ready to operate and partner with other government agencies for national prosperity.
3. In order to put the foregoing imperatives into tangible context for better understanding of guests and other invitees, some selected appointments have been designated to give 7 – 10 minutes perspectives during the PFR maritime discourse. The perspectives are further to depict how the main efforts of the various branches of the Service are being achieved and synchronized to promote and sustain NN’s operational readiness in line with the theme of the event.