The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice-Admiral Ibot-Ete Ibas, yesterday said that the navy would soon take delivery of new ships and aircraft to battle security challenges in the country. In his goodwill message to the Central Naval Command (CNC), Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, during the 2019 navy week Juma’t prayer, the naval chief assured that the current challenges would soon become history.
The Command Administrative Officer, Commodore Idi Abbas, who read the message on behalf of the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, the CNS said he would continue to work for a motivated force. He said: “The NN has continued to make significant strides in her fleet renewal programmes with the induction of several seaward defence boats, riverine patrol boats and construction of other capital ships and aircraft which are expected to join the fleet in the coming months”.
He named other notable achievements, especially in the Niger Delta as commissioning of the NN reference hospital in Calabar, the Admiralty University of Nigeria and completion of the NNS Beecroft jetty as well as other infrastructure across the nation. He called for sober reflection during the navy week and vowed to support the federal government to combat the current threats to Nigeria’s existence.
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