|1||OPERATION RIVER SWEEP 1||8 JANUARY 2017|
|2||OPERATION TSARE TEKU IV||16 JANUARY 2017|
|3||OPERATION JUNCTION RAIN||9 – 15 APRIL 2019|
|4||OPERATION CALM WATERS||26 MAY 2019 - 24 JULY 2020|
|5||OPERATION SWIFT RESPONSE||22 AUGUST 2019|
|6||OPERATION CALM WATERS II||24 JULY 2020 – DATE|
|7||OPERATION AWKWARD||25 AUGUST 2020 – 28 AUGUST 2020|
NIGERIAN TRIBUNE: NAVY ENSURES SAFETY OF BIG SHIPS, ACTIVATES OPERATION AWKWARD
By Tola Adenubi, Lagos 27 August 2020
The Western Naval Command (WNC) of the Nigerian Navy on Wednesday activated Operation Awkward exercise aimed at ensuring the safety of big naval ships in the harbour. The bi-annual exercise also known as the Harbour Defence Operations was held in a bid to ascertain the level of security of men and materials within its area of responsibility. Speaking during the exercise held in Lagos, Flag Officer, WNC, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji explained ghat the event was held to re-awaken certain naval evolutions so as to assess ships/establishments readiness to carry out emergency tasks at short notice as well as to check the state of ships, boats and other platforms under Command. The WNC Flag Officer who was represented by the Chief Staff Officer, WNC, Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani stated that “The Western Naval base is the premier and the biggest in the Nigerian Navy. “So most of our ships are here, and we must do everything possible to ensure the safety of the big ships in Harbour. This exercise is done on a regular basis to ensure that these ships are properly protected.”
Speaking on Operation Calm waters II which is also currently ongoing, the Flag Officer said that, “As you are all aware, operation calm waters II code name Operation Okun Alaafia is also ongoing. “It’s currently on the 35th day and still counting, and the exercise has been a great success as a lot of thieves engaged in various illegalities were arrested. We are in the process of charging them to court for prosecution. So, this exercise is to compliment others that are ongoing.” He also noted that training of naval officer is a continuous process as thieves may advance in their act. “We will also modify our training to counter what they are doing. So it’s a continuous process. The tactics and techniques are not known to them. “Nigerian Navy is more than capable as our environments have not been having incidences of crime. Rather, the criminals have moved to the waters of our neighbouring countries because of the heat we are putting on them, he added.” Recall that the Nigerian Navy recently stated that it has deployed eight of its warships and two fighter jets to tackle cases of insecurity in the country’s territorial waters.
DAILY TRUST: NAVY DEPLOYS 13 WARSHIPS FOR SEA MANEUVER, WARNS CRIMINALS
By Philip Nwosu 27 August 2020
The Nigerian Navy on Tuesday warned criminals within the Western Naval Command areas of responsibility, as it would not hesitate to deal ruthlessly with sea criminals. The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command ,Rear Admiral Oladele Daji ,who spoke while flagging off Exercise AWKWARD ,said the Western Naval Command is resolved to get rid of all forms of criminality in its Areas of Responsibility. He said its personnel are ready and strong enough to defend the country against external threats and also protect the maritime business from attacks by pirates. Exercise AWKWARD which is the command’s bi-annual exercise is to reinforce its determination to keep naval fleet and harbour secured and safe. Admiral Daji who was represented by the Chief of Staff Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani, said the flag off of the exercise after the earlier flag off of Operation CALM WATERS, was in a bid to intensify maritime security within Nigeria’s maritime domain. He said that Operation CALM WATERS have been yielding positive results with the arrest of several vessel which were alleged to have flouted Nigeria’s maritime rules and pirates which had kept the water ways unsafe.