Navy pledges improved security on waterways

 The Nigerian Navy has promised to intensify efforts in securing the maritime environment.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Habila Ngalabak, said the force recently carried out a three-day special sea exercise, codenamed ‘Anum Buneng’.

He said the exercise was part of the efforts to address the nation’s maritime security challenges in order to make the sea safe and conducive for effective trading.

Ngalabak, in a statement on Sunday, said the exercise assessed the operational readiness of ships within the command’s area of responsibility.

He said, “In Nigeria, the maritime space provides significant economic opportunities. This is because it is the lifeblood of our economy, conveying over 85 per cent of the total volume of international trade. Anum Buneng, which means calm waters, aptly captures the current operational posture of the NN, which is to rid our nation’s waters of all forms of criminality.”

Ngalabak said eight vessels and two helicopters were deployed for the exercise, which comprised Maritime Combat Operation, Maritime Security Operation, and Maritime Assistance Operation, among others.
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