Nigerian Navy has said that the prosperity and security of maritime nations are inevitably linked to the seas.
Rear Adm. Habila Ngalabak, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command (WNC), stated this at the launch of the Nigeria Navy Fourth Quarter Sea Exercise Codenamed “Execise Amum Buneng” (Calm Waters) onboard Nigeria Navy Ship (NNS) Unity at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Lagos on Thursday.
Rear Adm. Ngalabak explained that “Execise Amum Buneng” (Calm Waters) was aimed at assessing the operational readiness of its ships, reiterating that “it is pertinent to remind us that the prosperity and security of maritime nations are inevitably linked to the seas.
“The aim of this exercise is to assess the operational readiness of the ships within the Western Naval Command Area of Responsibility.”
The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, noted that the exercise would involve Maritime Combat Operations, Maritime Security Operations and Maritime Assistance Operations.
“The Maritime Combat Operations will involve the conduct of amphibious operations, Maritime Special Operations, Riverine Operations and Gunnery Exercises.
“The maritime security operations will entail Maritime Interdiction Operation, Visit Board Search and ‘Seizure and anti-piracy.
“Additionally, the maritime assistance operations will cover emergency response at sea, as well as search and rescue operations.”
He added that the command would do everything in its power to always ensure the waters were safe for legitimate business to thrive.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the FOC, Western Naval Command, thanked the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, for providing the necessary support to ensure that the command performed its constitutional roles in ensuring safe and secure environment..