By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Adm. Oladele Daji on Sunday launched“Ategun Alafia” exercise, expressing his belief that the gesture would make economic activities thrive in the country and also to ensure a crime-free maritime environment in his jurisdiction.
” The major purpose of the exercise is to ensure a very-conducive-crime-free-maritime environment within the Command’s area of responsibility for economic activities to thrive for Nigeria’s prosperity”, Daji stated, during the inauguration at the Western Naval Command Headquarters in Apapa, Lagos.
“It is also to assess the capability and level of operational readiness as well as to assess the level of training ashore and sea,” he said, adding that the exercise would equally prepare the Command for the grand event which was the Chief of Naval Staff sea inspection scheduled to hold later in the year.The six ships and 11 boats taking part in the exercise include the NNS UNITY, NNS CENTENARY, NNS KARADUWA and NNS EKULU
FOC said that the exercise would increased vibes to ensure that criminals do not take advantage of any loopholes to sabotage the economy.
“During the exercise, we will be giving support from the sea flanks to Operation Swift Response to ensure that the operation has added vibes from the sea through the vessels that will be groomed,” he said.
He thanked the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok- Ete Ibas for providing logistics that would ensure the success of the exercise.
He also encouraged Officers taking part in the exercise to imbibe what they were taught and implement it within their formations.
“At the end of the exercise, we want to see participants who are highly professionals; we want to be assured that the training we have imbibed will be put into practice.
“Also, where there are gaps in training, we will communicate same with training to make sure that such gaps are blocked,” he added.