The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday said it deployed six ships, two helicopters and the NN Special Boat Service alongside two Deep Blue Project ships for OMI MIMO Sea exercise.
Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa , the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, made this known on Wednesday.
Gbassa spoke at the flag off of the Fourth Quarter WNC Sea Exercise OMI MIMO scheduled for Wednesday to Friday.
The FOC said the exercise would enable the Command to assess the state of readiness and other operational status of ships in her fleet.
“The exercise will also provide the platform to align our training objectives with our operational requirements in furtherance of the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo’s vision and mission for the NN,” Gbassa said.
According to him, the participating ships include Nigerian Navy Ship PROSPERITY, NNS EKULU, NNS NGURU, NNS ABA, NNS OSUN, NNS OSE and Deep Blue vessels ABUJA and LAGOS.
He added: “Some of the exercises that have been scheduled include anti-piracy operations, oil rig protection, fleet manoeuvre, communication exercise, Vessel Board Search and Seizure, Search and Rescue among others.
“Ex OMI MIMO will provide invaluable maritime combat experiences that will help the Command to stay relevant in our quest to dominate our entire maritime environment.
“We will continue to sustain and improve on these efforts in order to attain the desired goal.”
The FOC said that collaborative efforts have resulted in some high-profile arrests, which were currently either being investigated or handed over to relevant security agencies for prosecution.
Gbassa said the effective use of the Maritime Domain Awareness facilities had helped the Command to be precise in its targeting and effective hunt for rogue vessels.
He said: “The Command enjoyed the support of other Commands and military formations as well as decisive collaboration from maritime stakeholders, both local and international, to enhance its policing duty.
“These were achieved through series of planned and coordinated operations targeted at specific decisive conditions and its accompanying special effects in our maritime line of operation.”