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By Senator Iroegbu
The Nigerian Navy has taken a bold step towards in its effort to transform into a modern and effective naval force in Africa through local construction of vessels and first warship to be built in West African sub-region.
This was revealed yesterday by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Rear Admiral James Oladimeji, at a press briefing on the occasion of the 56th anniversary of the Navy.
Oladimeji said the Navy Week with the theme: “Economics of Maritime De-fence and National Prosperity,” will be used as an occasion to inaugurate the new camouflage uniform and as well inaugurate the defence boat constructed by the Navy.
He said as part of the activities lined up for the anniversary, the 31 metre Seaward Defence Boat constructed locally by the Nigerian Navy will be inaugurated June 1.
“The President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will perform the commissioning ceremony. The President will also lay the keel of a Second Seaward Defence Boat to be built soon. This is the first warship constructed locally in the West African sub region which is a clear demonstration of tenacity and ingenious innovation as well as sincere and focused leadership.
“It is expected that this milestone would herald a future of sustained research and development in the Nigerian Navy towards achieving national transformation,” he noted.
On the camouflage, he said: “The decision to introduce the new uniform was informed by the increasing role of the Nigerian Navy in the internal security operations and other combat roles nationwide. The colours are blue seal plus brown, water plus black which are very symbolic with navies globally.”
Other activities lined up for the navy week celebration, which starts today May, 24-June 1, 2012 includes church and Juma’at services, medical rhapsody and commissioning of projects in host communities, and lastly, ceremonial Sunset and Cocktail Party at the Parade Ground of the NNS BEECROFT, Naval Base, Apapa.