Nigerian Navy Unveils New Projects to Improve Facilities and Capacity of Officers and Men

Chief Of Naval Staff Commissions Landmark Projects In Lagos

Nigerian Navy Achieves Milestone in Maritime Security, Delisted from Piracy-prone Countries

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral A.Z. Gambo, has commissioned several infrastructural projects developed by the Nigerian Navy. The projects, which are spread across three different commands in Lagos, include a girls’ hostel at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School Ojo, a block of 8×3 bedroom flats for officers, 2 blocks of 16×2 bedroom flats for officers, 24×1 unit rooms for under training ratings, and the renovation of a diving wing at the underwater warfare school at the Nigerian Navy Barracks, Ojo.

Other commissioned projects were the remodelled armoury and remodelling of the officer’s long and sub-technical course block with befitting amenities at Tongeji Island, shoreline revetment at Nigerian Navy Ship BEECROFT, three office blocks for the Naval Doctrine Command, and a 250 meters runway with inbuilt lights and non-directional beacons to aid training band operations in restricted visibility at the Naval Air Base Ojo.

The projects, which are part of the Navy’s constitutional mandate towards a comprehensive transformation plan, are aimed at guiding the officers and men of the Navy towards an effective pathway to ensure that they discharge their duties with relative ease and effectiveness.

During the commissioning ceremony, Vice Admiral Gambo applauded all commands of the Nigerian Navy on its sustained and conscious patrols of Nigerian waters that have reduced piracy and other maritime crimes. He said that these efforts made Nigeria be delisted from the International Maritime Board’s list of piracy-prone countries in March last year. This has led to the lifting of the war-list premium tag on Nigeria, significantly reducing high insurance premiums for ships in Nigerian-controlled waters to $960 as against $5000 per shipment.

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The CNS also charged the officers and men to double their efforts on the Gulf of Guinea region to ensure intelligence-driven patrols to rid the maritime sector of all forms of insecurity. He congratulated all the gallant officers and men responsible for the successful arraignment and conviction of Motor Tanker HEROIC IDUN and her crew in August last year.

The infrastructural projects are aimed at boosting the facilities within barracks and bases to bolster the capacity and confidence of the men and to ameliorate any form of deficiency in the discharge of duties. These strides, Vice Admiral Gambo said, have proven that the Nigerian Navy, in line with its motto of “Onward Together,” will continue to be the nation’s sentinel in protecting and guarding her maritime front and developing the nation’s blue economy.

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