TWENTY-seven Nigerian Navy (NN) officers were at the weekend certified as experts in above water, underwater warfare, navigation and other specialization required by navies across the world. Their qualification followed one year’s training at the Nigerian Naval Ship (NNS) QUORRA. The Nation reports that 32 officers took part in the training but five could not graduate due to alleged indiscipline. Commending the officers at their passing out on Friday, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas said the course was aimed at improving their knowledge as well as equipping them with requisite expertise to perform their naval duties creditably. Ibas, who was represented by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), Rear Admiral Stanfford Enoch, said the officers were trained in core specialisations, including aircraft and helicopter control, submarine and marine operations, ICT, navigation and direction. The CNS said they would be deployed as specialists in ships, training institutions and other naval formations where their competences would be needed.
He reminded them of the need for self-improvement and continued education to be abreast of rapid changes in naval warfare. Ibas said they would also be required to use the knowledge gained to ensure adequate maintenance and utilisation of expensive platforms acquired for the NN by the Federal Government. “There have been recent massive renewal and recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy fleet. The operability, maintenance and effectiveness of the fattened efficiency of these ships and platforms will depend mostly on your expertise as junior officers. “During the course you have acquired the required expertise in your chosen specialisation. Consequently, you have been equipped with the potential competences to help you navigate and fight with these modern complex machines as you will bring the knowledge you have acquired to help ensure these platforms are maintained and well used to sustain maritime security,” he said. Citing instance of four participants who were dismissed few days to the completion of the training, Ibas warned that NN would not tolerate experts that were bereft of discipline and sound moral character.
In his welcome address, NNS QUORRA Commandant Commodore Emmanuel Nmoyem said the participants commenced the course on October 15, 2018, adding that it featured intensive training and academic activities. “In furtherance of the transformation efforts of the NN, NAVTRAC reviewed and expanded the officers long course curriculum to reflect emerging contemporary operations. It is hoped that this will significantly improve your knowledge in naval operations and overall performance in the sphere of military operations other than war,” he said.