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Nigerian Naval College, Nigerian Naval Basic Training Schools, Citadels of Professional Training – CNS


The Nigerian Navy has commissioned 196 Cadets of Direct Short Service Course DSSC 28 which include 153 male and 43 female after attending six months rigorous training in theoritical and practical aspect to enable Nigerian Navy facing the contemporary security challenges bedevilling the country.

Addressing the Passing out Cadets after reviewing of their colourful and enthusiastic parade on Saturday at Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Onne Rivers, State, Vice Admiral Auwa Zubairu Gambol Chief of Naval Staff, CNS said the program also featured a Pre-Commissioning Training (SDPCT) 2021 of the Nigerian Naval College as well as the Batch 31 Trainees of the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School.

He maintained that the event was for the graduation of 1,286 trainees to the ratings’ cadre. The 196 cadets comprise of 153 male and 43 female while the 1,286 trainees comprise 1,088 male and 198 female.

Vice Admiral Gambo described the Nigerian Naval College and the Nigerian Navy Basic Training Schools as citadels of professional naval training within the nation and sub-region.

” The College trains midshipmen and naval cadets in core maritime skills of the Nigerian Navy aimed at preparing them for further professional training and subsequent deployment for naval duties whilst the Basic Training School offers foundational training to all sailors of the Nigerian Navy. ”

” It is pertinent to mention that military service in a growing complex and dynamic operating environment, as we have today, must of necessity be proactive, flexible and innovative.”

Our nation has in the last few years been challenged by asymmetric and internal security threats, emanating from insurgent groups, banditry, kidnappings and economic saboteurs warranting critical operational and security engagements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria across different theatres of operation.” he further said

” In this regard, I am glad to note that in addition to supporting sister Services in the North East, North West and North Central joint operations against the Boko Haram insurgents and bandits as well as ongoing IS operation against secessionist groups in the South East; the Nigerian Navy has in the last couple of months brought to bear her dominant status in the West African region by sustaining an aggressive presence in the nation’s maritime environment,”

The CNS stated that the Service was leading to drastic reduction in acts of criminality in the Gulf of Guinea. This according to him was laudable development been acknowledged by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its Global Piracy Report of 14 July 2021, indicating the lowest total number of piracy and sea robbery attacks against ships in the last 27 years.

” This report was corroborated by the Defence Web maritime security report of 15 October 2021 which noted further decline in reported cases of piracy and armed attacks against shipping in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) owing to the impact of NN maritime security operations efforts,”

“Maintaining these successes will definitely be tasking and will require developing requisite Knowledge, Skills and Attitude through rigorous on-the-job training onboard and ashore as well as pragmatic training in all naval training institutions especially in this College and the Basic Training School.”

He stressed that the Nigerian Navy has matched intent with clear practical steps, evident by on-going fleet recapitalization and expansion programme that has led to the several endorsement of MoUs particularly the contract with Messrs Dearsan Shipyard Limited, Turkey for the acquisition of 2 brand new High Endurance Offshore Patrol Vessels due to be delivered to the Nigerian Navy within 37 months.

“This acquisition among others as well as the recent commissioning of the indigenously built Seaward Defence Boat III-NNS OJI, NNS LANA, NNS ABA, NNS KANO, NNS IKENNE, NNS SOKOTO and NNS OSUN including the FALCON EYE Surveillance Project with the strategic technology driven assets will further enable the Nigerian Navy to neutralize all maritime threats in Nigeria’s Maritime Domain and Nigeria’s Maritime Area of Interest.”

He added that Nigerian Navy has concluded collaborative efforts with the Ghana Navy to further combat piracy and other maritime crimes in the GoG as plans are ongoing for the establishment of a standing ECOWAS Multinational Task Force in the GoG, explaining that the Nigerian Navy recently hosted the maiden Virtual Sea Power for African Symposium from 30th Nov to 2nd December 2021.

” The Symposium brought together 33 navies from across these African continent as well as 6 other foreign navies. These efforts are targeted at improving information sharing, enhancing synergy towards the needed multi-pronged and multi-national approach with force multiplier effects and positive implications for the Nigerian Navy’s maritime policing functions towards the economic development and prosperity of Nigeria and the West African sub-region.”

” Today marks the beginning of the Service to your fatherland in the officers’ cadre and you must not relent on your efforts. A lot will be expected of you as newly commissioned officers, especially in the light of the contemporary security challenges our nation faces. These challenges call for dedication, selflessness, professionalism, and esprit-de-corps as I am sure you have discovered during the course of your training.”


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