The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas has said the Nigerian Navy commenced deployment of its personnel to the Lake Chad Basin Naval post.
Ibas made this known on Monday during the inauguration of the 2016, CNS Strategic Directive 2, at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja.
He said movement of the advance party to protect Nigeria’s territorial interest on the Lake, bordering Nigeria’s and countries in the Sahel region commenced last month.
He said the establishment of the Maritime outpost ushers in the presence of the Navy in the region, not only because of counter terrorism operations, but to safe guard Nigeria’s maritime domain.
He pointed out that the 2016 CNS Strategic Directive 2 is to consolidate the achievement of the 2015 vision of repositioning the Navy as encapsulated in the 2015 operational directive.
He also said: “The directive is to sustain efficient and effective operational presence at sea to create a secured maritime environment for national prosperity.”
He said it is to build on Nigerian Navy manpower development to achieve optimal professional capabilities of personnel and consolidate on reinvigorated Planned Maintenance System, for enhanced operational readiness, among others.