Navy to Acquire Logistics Vessel to Beef up Security Operations


Chiemelie Ezeobi

In a bid to beef up security operations and patrols at sea, the Nigerian Navy (NN), said it is working towards acquiring a logistics vessel to service vessels and enhance Replenishment at Sea (RAS).
The outgone Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Logistics Command, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ofik, made this disclosure during his handover to his successor, Rear Admiral SAG Abbah, in Oghara, Delta State.

During the handover Ofik said, “For the first time in the history of the Nigerian Navy considerable effort is being made to acquire large logistics vessel to enhance Replenishment at Sea (RAS). Similarly, all professional schools now have special allocation of fuel AGO to ensure trainees/ UTOs learn and study under comfortable conditions.”

While enumerating the success of the command upon assumption of office in September 2015, he said he set out with the aim of enhancing the capacity of the command towards delivering the required logistics support for the force’s operations as well as ensuring the enhancement of personnel welfare among others.

He said although the task had been quite challenging, considerable progress was made, especially with the commitment, zeal and support exhibited by the personnel attached to the command.
He said the personnel of the command have been working assiduously to ensure that the Operations Commands got the needed support to deploy and sustain ships at sea in order to perform our statutory roles.

In the same vein, Ofik urged personnel of the command to maintain positive attitude to work and remain resolute in ensuring that the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Strategic Directive 2015-1 is strictly observed in the performance of our duties, adding that the strategic directive is a commitment to transforming the Navy and enhancing the overall welfare of officers and ratings.

The CNS Strategic Directive 2015-1, he said, has been a tremendous guide which should be adhered to at all times, if the command is to be on same page with other naval formations always.
While explaining that the bedrock of the military and other successful organisations is discipline, Ofik enjoined all personnel to remain disciplined not engage in activities that will bring the name of the NN into disrepute.