VOICE OF NIGERIA
19 December, 2013
The Nigerian Navy says it is planning a joint naval exercise between countries within the Gulf of Guinea for the first quarter of 2014.
The Chief of Plans, Naval Headquarters,Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor told newsmen that the exercise would kickstart a diplomatic visit of Nigerian Navy warships to countries within the West African Coast.
“The Nigerian Navy ships will from 2014 commence their diplomatic duties by conducting flag showing exercises within West Africa”. Admiral Ogbor made this statement during the return of the Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS THUNDER, from a four months
trip to Australia after taking part in an international fleet review.
He said that the force remained
overjoyed that the vessel was able to
travel to Australia, representing the
country in an international sea exercise. He said that the trip made by Thunder, was in line with the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba’ s Strategic Guidance 01 which is to ensure that the force’s traditional and diplomatic roles
“We have just spoken about Strategic
Guidance 01 and Strategic Guidance 02 is out. In this, it stipulates that all the country that we have not visited for a while,we will begin to visit them in 2014.
Also we are planning a joint exercise between Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo and Ghana. The first planning meeting for the exercise took place at the Naval Headquarters and it is going to reassure the nation that Nigeria has a navy that they can be proud of,” he stated.
Rear Admiral Ogbor said that the
Nigerian Navy is committed to fighting piracy within the country’s territorial waters, stressing that the force will continue to put its vessels at sea to police the territorial waters to rid it of criminals.