…as Navy begins small arms firing exercise
As part of efforts to improve Naval personnel’s proficiency in small arms handling and marksmanship, the Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, on Tuesday began its Small Arms Firing Exercise for the first quarter of 2021.
Inaugurating the exercise, the Air Officer Commanding, Mobility Command, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Air Vice Marshal Aliyu Bello, charged the military to be more professional and improve their weapons handling, especially with the challenging security situation the country.
Bello, who was the special guest of honour at the event held at the 5th Battalion Barracks in Elele, River State, said the exercise would serve as an avenue to inculcate professionalism.
He said: “The activities of non-state actors in recent times have assumed a worrisome dimension in the country. Cases of continued attacks on innocent citizens is of utmost national security concern and with attendant economic and security implications for the country.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria remains one of the most important institutions committed to stemming the tide of insecurity by nipping it in the bud
“Kinetic operations form an important aspect of the efforts to restore security and order in Nigeria. Accordingly, the need for adequate training to be imbibed by naval personnel towards confronting these unwholesome acts need not be over-emphasized.”
In his remarks, the Flag Officer Commanding, the Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, said training and teamwork are an important part of the Chief Naval Staff’s effort towards repositioning the Nigeria Navy.
Represented by Chief Staff Officer, CNC, Rear Admiral Solomon Agada, he said the small arms firing exercise for the first quarter of 2021 would afford the command the opportunity to drive that agenda by ensuring that personnel classified on various categories of weapons and work together in doing so.
He said: “The current security situation in the country also lays credence to the need to continue to conduct focus training on Nigeria Navy personnel in order to improve their weapons handling skills. This is because the service will be required to sustain its current internal security deployments in aid of civil authorities considering the current state of insecurity across the nation.”