A Nigerian-American, Kelechi Ndukwe has been appointed the commander of a U.S. Navy ship, USS Halsey (DDG-97), a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer. He is the first Nigerian-American to attain this position.
Announcing this on Thursday, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria congratulated Mr Ndukwe, an alumnus of Notre Dame and the U.S. Naval War College on his appointment as commander of a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer.
“Kudos to Kelechi Ndukwe on his new role as commander of a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer. The University of Notre Dame and the U.S. Naval War College alumnus becomes the first Nigerian-American captain of a U.S. Navy ship. Congratulations!”. The Mission stated.
Here are 11 things to know About Kelechi Ndukwe:
1. Kelechi graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering
2. He earned a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College
3. Kelechi Ndukwe served as a U.S. Navy Officer serving on the Joint Staff in the Force Structure, Resource, and Assessment Directorate
4. Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he was the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director for Surface Warfare on the Navy Staff.
5. Kelechi served in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, representing the Navy on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Liaison.
6. He served as the Commanding Officer of USS DEVASTATOR (MCM 6), a minesweeper based in Bahrain.
7. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer, and served on multiple warships with extensive deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa, Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific Ocean.
8. Kelechi Ndukwe is the commander of a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer.
9. Kelechi also served at the Pentagon in Washington DC.
10. He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
11. Ndukwe is the first Nigerian-American captain of a Navy ship.