The Chief of the Naval Staff Annual Inspection and Project Commissioning of Eastern Naval Command Area was held on 4 December 2013.
The Annual Inspection provided a good opportunity for the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba to commission a number of projects in line with his vision and mission as well as fulfilling the objectives of his Strategic Guidance 01.
The projects commissioned in Calabar include the re- modeled Eastern Naval Command Logo, Street Lights, newly constructed 6x2 block of flats at the 1006 Officers’ Quarters as well as 2x2 Officers’ Flats at Atimbo Barracks. Others were the renovated Chief Staff Officer’s Institutional House and Swimming Pool, reconstructed Eastern Naval Command Officers’ Mess, ICT Centre at NNS VICTORY and a modern Operations Room at the Headquarters of the Eastern Fleet.
At the Forward Operating Base IBAKA in Akwa Ibon State, the Chief of the Naval Staff commissioned a Sickbay and 16 blocks of Studio Flats for Officers. Similarly, Vice Admiral Ezeoba commissioned Junior Rates’ Canteen, a Sickbay and an ICT Centre at NNS JUBILEE, Ikot Abasi, also in Akwa Ibom State.
The Nigerian Navy Ship THUNDER has arrived at Port of Walvis Bay in Namibia on Monday, 02 December 2013. It will be recalled that NNS THUNDER departed Durban Naval Base, South Africa on 26 November 2013. The Ship is on her way back from the Royal Australia Navy Centenary Celebrations in Sydney, Australia.
The Chief of the Naval Staff Annual Inspection and project commissioning ceremonies in Delta Area was conducted from 27-28 November 2013.
NNS DELTA, the foremost Operational Base in Warri recorded monumental achievements in curtailing the activities of crude oil thieves, pirates and pipeline vandals in its Area of Operation in line with the thrust of the Chief of the Naval Staff’s Strategic Guidance 01. Accordingly, within the creeks of Elumele Opumami, Alapase, Okpoko, Asisa and Okukpene, amongst several others, hundreds of illegal refineries, Cotonou boats and underground tanks were seized and destroyed. In addition, the synergy between NNS DELTA and other security agencies has led to a drastic reduction in the incidences of kidnapping and other notorious activities of hoodlums in Warri Area and environs.
The Chief of the Naval Staff in line with the milestones recorded by the Nigerian Navy under his watch commissioned extended Naval Police Detention Quarters, a Modern Gymnasium (named after a former Chief of the Naval Staff, late Rear Admiral Nelson Bossman Soroh) and a Mortuary at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Effurun Barracks, Warri.
While at the Headquarters of the Logistics Command, Oghara, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba commissioned the newly renovated Barracks Road (phase 1), 2 blocks of twin 2 bedroom flats, a block of 4 unit studio flats bungalow and a block of classrooms.
In line with the medium term projects/deliverables as enunciated in the CNS Strategic Guidance 01, the Nigerian Naval Engineering College Sapele is being re–modeled and re-equipped for improved technical training of naval personnel. In realization of this objective, the CNS commissioned the renovated College Main Gate, Conference Room, ARI Engine Room Simulator, the upgraded Standard e-library, the Computer Engineering School Block (built and equipped by PTDF) and the MTDA ICT Center.
The inspection tour was rounded off with a Dialogue during which the CNS interacted with officers and ratings of Delta Area. He, along with some of his Principal Staff Officers cleared doubts on a number of issues pertaining to operations, training and welfare amongst others. The CNS once again enunciated his directional guide in the recently promulgated Strategic Guidance - 02, whose main objective is “to leverage on the progress made in the implementation of the Strategic Guidance 01 towards achieving more efficient Operational, Logistics and Administrative Capacities to discharge the statutory roles of the Nigerian Navy particularly in the face of extant challenges”.
----------DELTA STATE GOVERNOR COMMISSIONS NAVAL AIR STATION AT EFFURUN
As part of the efforts to consolidate its presence in the Delta Area especially in the area of aerial surveillance, the Nigerian Navy has commissioned a new Air Station at Effurun in Warri, Delta State. The event was held on Monday , 2 December 2013.
----------LAYS FOUNDATION FOR NIGERIAN NAVY SECONDARY SCHOOL IBUSA
For the people of Ibusa, Ogwashi-Uku and environs, 3 December 2013 will forever remain fresh in their memories. It was a day the ground breaking ceremony of the Nigerian Navy Secondary School located at along Ibusa/ Ogwashi-Uku Express Way was held amidst pomp and pageantry.
The Nigerian Navy Ship THUNDER which arrived Durban, South Africa on 18 November 2013 has departed the shores of the country. The Ship left Durban Jetty today 26 November 2013 at about 1200 hours. NNS THUNDER engaged in several social and recreational activities while in Durban. Her next port of call is Walvis Bay port in Namibia.
The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba hit the ground running as the 20th Chief of the Naval Staff on 8 October 2012. As a strategic thinker, he issued a 12-page document known as CNS Strategic Guidance 01 which has become a guiding principle for the current watch on deck. The documents highlighted 18 “quick- impact project derivables” within the shortest possible time and 19-point medium-term project deliverables. It is pleasing to note that the methodology adopted has yielded positive results as almost all the objectives captured under short and medium terms have been achieved.
The Chief of the Naval Staff Annual Inspection provided a good opportunity for the commissioning of a number of projects executed within one year that have direct impact on naval personnel. For the Navy Town Community, 18 November 2013 will forever remain a memorable day as an unprecedented number of 12 projects were commissioned.
These projects which brought smiles to the residents of Navy Town and environs included the reconstructed roads on 1st and 2nd Avenues, Nigerian Navy Secondary School car park, Molokwu Science Laboratory, and ICT centre (both at the Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ojo), 17 units of 3 bedroom bungalows for officers,21 Units of 2 bedrooms for ratings, Pilots accommodation at the Naval Air Station, Ojo, Accommodation at the SBS Camp, Rehabilitated NOD Jetty as well as 24 x1 Bedroom Flats at Navy Camp Site, Kirikiri.
Highlight of the projects commissioned by the Chief of the Naval Staff was the Nigerian Navy Diagnostic Centre at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, also in Navy Town, Ojo. The Nigerian Navy Diagnostic Centre was initially proposed as a Ministry of Defence Project. However, despite so many visitations, the project never took off. The conception of the centre received a boost under the watch of the immediate past Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral OS Ibrahim (now CDS) who decided to undertake it as a navy project. When the current Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral DJ Ezeoba assumed command, the project received fresh momentum and within a space of allocated time frame, the beautiful edifice with modern facilities has now become a reality. This is a huge leap in the desire to upgrade the standard of health care delivery in the Nigerian Navy.
The Nigerian Navy Diagnostic Centre is equipped with state of the Art diagnostic equipment including Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine, computerized Tomography Scanner, Digital X-ray and facilities for molecular diagnosis amongst others.
NEW SHALDAG AND MANTA BOATS COMMISSIONED
As part of the efforts of the Nigerian Navy to boost its presence at sea especially to check the menace of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism, a Shaldag boat and 3 Manta Boats were commissioned at a colourful ceremony on 19 November 2013 at NNS BEECROFT, Naval Base, Apapa.
The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba, who performed the commissioning ceremony highlighted that the boats would boost Nigerian Navy’s operational capability towards the emplacement of a robust anti-piracy/anti-sea robbery surveillance, response initiative and enforcement mechanism. He assured that the boats would be operational at all times and urged the crew to ensure a good maintenance culture in line with global best practices.
Vice Admiral Ezeoba assured that the Nigerian Navy would henceforth be constructing its boats at the Naval Dockyard and Naval Shipyard Limited in Lagos and Port Harcourt, respectively. According to him, Mr President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces had given the Nigerian Navy the go ahead to develop the requisite capacity to construct boats locally.
The Shaldag Boat was first launched into the Nigerian Navy fleet in 2009 with the acquisition of p247 (NNS ONITSHA) from the Isreali Shipyard Limited. In 2012, 2 additional Shaldag Boats, P255 (NNS IKOT ABASI) and P256 (NNS BENIN) were acquired from the same source.NNS BENIN was launched on 27 June 2013. Messrs Suncraft International of Singapore were the manufacturers of the Manta Boats.
In recent past, the SHALDAG and MANTA Boats have participated in a number of operations and exercises in the Western Naval Command Area of Responsibility. The daily patrols by the boats have resulted in checkmating criminal activities within the Lagos maritime area.
The Chief of the Naval Staff also commissioned a Digital Frequency Converter installed by the Fleet Support Group (West), a storage tank farm, built by Oando Nigeria Plc and a mini waterworks, all at NNS BEECROFT.
The mini water works is equipped with a 150,000 liter capacity storage tank as well as 25,000 liter capacity storage aeration tank capacity. There is also a state of the art technology treatment water purification plant of stainless and fibre features which have all been joined to a micro filter of 12 cartridges.
1. The Nigerian Navy Ship THUNDER which departed Mauritius on Wednesday 6 November 2013 has arrived Durban in South Africa today 18 November 2013. The ship came alongside Durban Jetty in South African at about 1640 hours.
2. While in South Africa, NNS THUNDER well engage in several activities including; paying courtesy visits to strategic places, perform recreational activities and other diplomatic engagements. According to the Commanding Officer, Captain Clement Atebi they had a smooth sail from their last port of call (Port Louis). He further affirmed that and that the entire ship company are in high spirit.
3. Nigerian Navy ship THUNDER will set sail Durban Jetty on 21 November 2013. Her next port of call is Walvis Bay port in Namibia. She is on her return leg back to Nigeria.
Batch 22 trainees of the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School have successfully passed out on Thursday 14 November 2013 at a colourful parade held at the school’s parade ground Onne, near Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the occasion, the Reviewing Officer and Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral DJ Ezeoba expressed delight that the trainees have undergone 9 months of rigorous, physical and naval professional training. This has undoubtedly prepared them torwards the attainment of his vision for the Nigerian Navy which is “To emplace a robust and combat ready Navy that is capable of effectively combating security challenges in Nigeria’s maritime domain including the gulf of guinea for Nigeria’s economic prosperity and national development”.
He expressed satisfaction with the very high standard of drill skills exhibited by the trainees particularly the silent drill and unarmed combat demonstrations, which he attributed to the high level of professional training they received at the school. The Chief of the Naval Staff then admonished the graduating trainees to maintain very high standard of discipline and urged them that prompt obedience of superior orders must be their watchword. “You must imbibe total commitment to duty and unalloyed loyalty to the Nigerian Navy and the President and Commander – in – Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria….. Your overall conduct in the larger society must be exemplary and worthy of emulation,” he remarked.
Batch 22 Trainees underwent an initial 4 months training at the Nigerian Army Depot Zaria in consonance with the CNS directive for more robust training in view of the daunting internal security challenges facing the country. On completion of their training in Zaria, they returned to Nigerian Navy Basic Training School (NNBTS) Onne for further training. With the successful completion of the training, these virile and capable ratings are now ready for deployment to various ships and establishments in the Nigerian Navy.
Highlight of the Passing Out Parade was the presentation of awards to trainees who excelled in various disciplines by the Reviewing Officer. These included Trainee Joshua Timothy who won Commandant’s award for best behaved trainee, Trainee Owonam Peace Sunday (FOC NAVTRAC’s award for best female trainee in obstacle crossing), Trainee Isaac Willians (FOC NAVTRAC’s award for best male trainee in obstacle crossing and Trainee Onah Martina Margret (CTOPS’ award for best female trainee in marksmanship).
Other award winners were Trainee Vincent Cletus (CTOPS’ award for best male trainee in marksmanship), Trainee Rejoice Bitrus (CNS award for best female trainee swimmer) and Trainee Otoworo Ebisuobo Amatoruye (CNS award for best male trainee swimmer). Trainee Iriojiogu John Rennedy won the CNS award for emerging as the best overall trainee.
An ultra-modern Olympic – size swimming pool built by the Nigerian Navy at the Naval College Onne, Port Harcourt was commissioned on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral DJ Ezeoba.
The swimming pool is 50m in length and 25m in breath with 10 lanes. The deepest port is 12ft while the shallow end is 3.5ft. Other facilities within the swimming pool complex include a Baby Pool, Gymnasium, Spectator Terrace with a sitting capacity of 1, 470 people, 21 Self-contained rooms, a Sickbay, Bar, Restaurant and a Car Park.
The pool was successfully used for the training of batches 20, 21 and 22 Nigerian Navy Basic Training School trainees, Under Training Officers of Direct Short Service Course 21 and Special Duty Pre-Commissioning Training for Course 20. In addition, personnel of NNS THUNDER, KYANWA, OLOGBO, BURUTU, Naval Shipyard and other personnel in Port Harcourt Area have at one time or the other used the swimming pool.
It is important to note that the swimming pool was used for the camping of Nigerian Navy swimmers in preparation for the recently concluded 5th edition of the CNS Open Swimming Championship which was held in Oghara, Delta State.
Speaking while commissioning the edifice, the Chief of the Naval Staff commended 2 of his predecessors (Vice Admiral II Ibrahim and Admiral OS Ibrahim) for conceiving the idea and construction of the pool, which according to him will enhance proficiency in swimming amongst naval personnel. He expressed optimism that the pool would become a good training ground not only for naval personnel but swimmers from all over the federation.
The Chief of the Naval Staff later commissioned other projects at the Naval College Onne such as the ICT Centre, renovated Squash Court and a Badmington Court.