Navy to localise its training needs

Plans are underway to ensure that all training requirements of Nigerian Navy (NN) personnel are done in country.

This development was said to have been borne out of the need for home grown solutions to the security challenges facing the nation as well as the current economic realities.

Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas disclosed this Friday in Lagos during the graduation ceremony of participants of the Command Level Officers Course one.

The Nation reports that 15 Captains and seven Commanders were selected from different department of the NN for a four-week course at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) QUORRA, Apapa, to further prepare them for command responsibilities.

Ibas who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Jacob Ajani noted that the service was gaining grounds against criminals and economic saboteurs.

“As much as possible, most of our training activities are being harnessed domestically. That is not to say in areas of need and in order to benchmark; we do not send our personnel abroad. Remember that the navy is an international force and so, we send personnel out to interface with other colleagues so that we know how they are doing things.

“We are trying to localise for reasons of financial constraints which that will help address. We will continue to domesticate our training activities,” he said.

To Ibas, training must be continually reinvigorated through delibrate innovations to achieve desired goals.

“In this regard, the command level course provided a veritable means to fast track the delivery of a trained and ready force as the important linkage through quality leadership training to achieve command attributes.

“It is my hope that they have imbibed sufficient knowledge within the past one month to enable further self-development as they set to take command ashore or afloat,” he said.

On the fight against militants in the Niger Delta, Ibas said: “We are gaining grounds in Niger Delta. A lot of in roads have been made and are still being made. In no distant future, we will see the outcome. When you interface that with the political solution being advanced by the Federal government, lasting peace will reign in the Niger Delta soon.”

Earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Ifeola Mohammed said that the course was a result of deep introspection.
“Our past operations and trainings as well as experiences with lessons learnt, served as the main ingredients for the course. I have no doubt that the course will fill the gaps, in past efforts as well as the renewed drive to meet present and future challenges, in operations in our maritime domain.

“Indeed, we are glad to state that we are developing the next generation of Naval Leaders,” he said.

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