Namibian Navy witnesses first change of command

30 Sep 2017 18:20pm
WALVIS BAY, 30 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibian Navy on Friday witnessed its first change in command from Rear Admiral Peter Vilho to Rear Admiral Sinsy Ndeshi Nghipandua at the Phestus Sacharia Naval Base here.
The change was prompted by the promotion of Vilho, who became the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence on 01 September 2017.
In his acceptance speech, Nghipandua said he is taking over the assignment with a vision and dedication to steer the force to greater heights.
“We will not lose focus or collide,” he told Vilho, who had told him “I have done my part now, it is your turn.”
Nghipandua asked all young people who think they have what it takes to be in the navy to join when their services are requested.
Minister of Defence, Penda YaNdakolo described Nghipandua as renowned administrator, conflict manager strategist, commander and staff general officer.
Nghipandua takes over from Vilho, who was the first Navy Commander for Namibia Defence Force, a position he occupied since the formal establishment of the Namibian Navy in 2004.
Prior to this, a maritime wing headed by late Captain Phestus Sacharia had been in existence.
Nghipandua meanwhile, served as the Commander of Naval Operations in the Namibian Navy since 2009.
He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States of America’s Naval Staff College along with a National Diploma in Public Administration from the Namibia University of Science and Technology.