Retired Naval Officer, Rear Admiral Okafor Wins British Alexander Dalrymple Award

The Alexander Dalrymple award was initiated by the UK Government in 2006 in honour of UK’s First Hydrographer, appointed by the Royal Navy in 1795. 

Since then, the award is presented annually as part of UK Hydrographic Office’s (UKHO's) World Hydrography Day celebration, by UK’s Ministry of Defence to recipients selected by a diligent Committee. 

The recipient is usually selected from many nominees from different nations. These nominees must have contributed significantly to improving the standards of hydrography, cartography and navigational safety.

Accordingly, the UKHO Committee selected Rear Admiral CE Okafor (rtd) of the Nigerian Navy as the Recipient of the 2023 Alexander Dalrymple Award. 

The senior officer was recognized for his outstanding contributions and tireless efforts in developing Nigeria’s national hydrographic capacity culminated in making Nigeria the first country in West Africa to produce an indigenous International navigational chart in both paper and electronic format, as well as the development of a national hydrographic survey fleet with full charting capability.

Accordingly, Rear Admiral CE Okafor (rtd) was honoured on Tuesday 16 Apr 24, as he received the prestigious Alexander Dalrymple Award for 2023 in London, England. 

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral EI Ogalla and all the Officers and men of the NN heartily congratulates our own dear Rear Admiral CE Okafor (rtd). Thank you for your great contribution to building hydrography capacity both locally and globally and your robust service to the Nigerian Navy. 

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