Kelechi Ndukwe: First Nigerian to Command US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer
Kelechi Ndukwe a Nigerian from Okoko in Abia state on the 2nd of April assumed command of a US Navy Guided Missile Destroyer, USS Hasley (DDG-97). Kelechi becomes the first Nigerian to have achieved such a feat in the US Navy history.
The Nigerian-Born American migrated with his parents in 1977, when they sought greener pastures in the land of dreams.
Kelechi Ndukwe is a graduate Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and also has a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College.
Kelechi has served in various capacities in the US navy since joining the Navy 18years ago. Between 2003 and 2004 Kelechi serve as auxiliaries officer of USS Thorn, He also served as the fire control officer of USS Normandy in Norfolk, from 2004 to 2006.
From July 2006 to August 2008 he served as a navy congressional liaison officer in Washington DC. He served as a weapon officer and combat system officer onboard the USS Fitzgerald in Yokosuka, Japan, from June 2010 to December 2011.
Kelechi Ndukwe deployment extensively covers the Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa, Arabian Gulf, and Western Pacific Ocean. During his most recent sea assignment, he served as the Commanding Officer of the USS DEVASTATOR (MCM 6), a minesweeper based in Bahrain.
Kelechi Ndukwe until his appointment as the Commanding Officer USS Hasley, has remained dedicated and steadfast in his duties. He has joined a long list of Nigerians in the US and Diaspora who have continued to represent the country in good light and do it proudly.
Kelechi is happily married to two lovely daughters.