NAVY MULTI-SUPPLY SHIP « BAP JULES VERNE »...
IN A PORT CALL TO LAGOS
(September 30 – October 3)
Coming from Pointe Noire (Congo), French Multi-supply ship “BAP Jules Verne” is on a routine mission along the African coast. “BAP Jules Verne” will arrive on September 30, for a 3-day stay in Lagos, and will berth at the Nigerian Port Authority jetty (Apapa).
“BAP Jules Verne”’s call to Nigeria comes in the wake of a series of high level exchanges between France and Nigeria, culminating with President YAR’ADUA’s official visit to France last June. The call is a token of friendship towards Nigeria and the Nigerian people, while bearing witness to the strong co-operation between the navies of both countries.
Under the orders of Lieutenant commander Thierry RUFFIER, some 277 personnel are on board the 151-meter-long ship : 17 officers, 175 petty officers and 85 leading seamen and sailors.
Apart from the traditional courtesy visits, interactive sessions are scheduled to take place with the Nigerian Navy.
The ship will depart on October 3, en route to Lome (Togo).
To the attention of the medias :
A meeting with the commander and a tour of the ship are scheduled for the press on Tuesday, September 30, at 4:30pm. Present journalists will then be invited to enjoy the cocktail-reception, which will follow on board at 6:00pm. Please, if interested, send your name, media and contact number to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Born in 1966, Lieutenant commander Thierry RUFFIER joined the Navy in 1987. He is a graduate from Ecole Navale (Navy school) and from Ecole Nationale Superieure du Petrole et des Moteurs (National school on petroleum and engines). He served on different ships and participated in many missions until given the responsibility of commanding officer of BAP Jules Verne in 2007.
He is married and father of one daughter.
- Arrival of BAP Jules Verne at Apapa
- Defence Attache, Navy Captain Gilles RODRIGUEZ, with French Consul General, M. Jean-Luc BODIN
- HE M Jean-Michel DUMOND with Commander Thierry RUFFIER
- Commander RUFFIER surrounded by journalists during a tour of the ship
- Family photo with all the journalists...