Nigerian Navy inducts 57 new officers to fight oil theft, insurgency, piracy

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The Nigerian Navy has inducted 57 new officers to join its fight against crude oil theft, sea piracy in the Niger Delta and insurgency in the North East, an official said.

Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Iboke-Ete Ibas spoke at the Presidential Commissioning of 57 Midship men of 65 Regular Course at the Nigerian Navy College (NNC) Onne, Rivers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the mid ship men were commissioned into the rank of Sub-Lieutenant after six years of intensive training at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna and in NNC.

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Ibas said the officers would be deployed in operations Tsare Teku, Awatse, River Sweep and Delta Safe launched to fight pipeline vandals, sea pirates and illegal bunkers and refiners of crude oil.

“Today’s commissioning ceremony marks a shift from the previous practice wherein midship men were required to return to NDA for presidential commission.

“The new practice is part of an evolving defence policy granting the specialist services greater autonomy in fine tuning training of final year cadets preparatory to commission.

“The days when activities of naval officers were restricted to the maritime domain alone are long gone,” he said.

Ibas warned the new officers against any association with politicians and political parties before, during and after forthcoming general elections in 2019.

“As military personnel, we must remain apolitical at all times and eschew those actions and inactions that could cast aspersions on the integrity of the navy and armed forces.

“Officers must not allow themselves to be used by any mischievous or unscrupulous elements for political gains. Severe disciplinary actions await any erring personnel,” he warned.

Ibas told the new officers to see their induction into the armed forces as a call to serve the nation rather than for personal gains.

Also, Commodore Akinga Ayafa, Commandant, Nigerian Navy College (NNC) Onne, said new inductees received six months naval professional training in NNC and another four months in various naval warships.

He pointed out that the training covered navigation, seamanship, communication, chart work, astro navigation, general introduction to maritime operations and rules of the road.

Others are contemporary operations, cyber security, parade training, physical training, swimming as well as leadership and management.

“At the end of the training, five midshipmen obtained First Class grades; 41 Second Class; nine obtained Third Class and two midshipmen got a Pass,” he added.

PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app previously reported that the Nigerian Air Force recorded more Research and Development (R&D) breakthroughs, which were showcased during the 47th convocation ceremony of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Kaduna on Friday, July 27.

Air Force director of public relations and information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said in a statement that the projects included a prototype Oleo-Pneumatic Shock Absorber for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), an Automatic Solar Tracking System and a Rocket Launcher Circuit Test Box.

Others were a prototype of Light Weight Helicopter, an Unmanned Hexacopter as well as the adaptation and installation of BO-105 Helicopter guns on the Bell 412 Helicopters recently handed over to the NAF by the federal government.

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