The 22 graduates, comprising 18 naval officers, two air force officers and two army officers, participate in the College’s “Naval Warfare 5” course.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Calabar on Friday, Defense Minister Bashir Magashi said the Nigerian government will continuously support the military’s efforts to protect the country’s territorial borders.
Represented by the Chief of the Defense Staff, Lucky Irabor, the Minister of Defense said Nigeria is currently facing many threats affecting the overall security of the nation.
He said that although such threats are not unique to Nigeria, they are characterized by increasing threats from non-state actors.
According to him, the Nigerian Armed Forces were engaged in various operations across the country to reduce security concerns, particularly insurgency in the northeast, banditry, kidnappings and other criminal activities in others. regions of Nigeria.
“A few section agitators have attempted to spread decisive narratives, but the armed forces have remained committed to their responsibility to ensure the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
“I must commend the efforts of the Nigerian Armed Forces and Navy for their significant contributions to improving national security, both in the nation’s maritime domain and in the hinterland.
“To our graduates and future operational commanders, I must say that it is your responsibility to understand and situate yourself within the complexities of the contemporary global security environment,” he said.
He congratulated the participants on graduating from the College and urged them to use what they learned during the course for the benefit of Nigeria’s security environment.
NWCN Commander Rear Admiral Murtala Bashir said that since the College’s inception in 2017, the College has trained and graduated officers from the Navy, Army and Air Force.
According to Bashir, the College is designed to be a center of excellence on joint naval / military operations and maritime security studies in the sub-region.
He said the inter-agency seminar, held during the coursework, included sea excursions to present the peculiarities of the maritime environment and how to tackle emerging maritime threats.
“The graduates are now a finished product ready to be deployed in the field to contribute their quota to the security of the country.
“I would like to thank the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on the Navy for their support in the growth of the College,” he said. he declares.
Previously, the Chief of the Naval Staff had inaugurated some projects within the Eastern Naval Command as part of his visit to Calabar.
The projects are the renovated Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command office complex, the renovated main gate and the new reception complex and the renovated Eastern Fleet building.
Others are the guardhouse of the Nigerian Navy ship Victory and the Naval War College House in the Summit Hills area of Calabar.