Navy trains personnel on weapons handling to minimise collateral damages
The Central Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, has begun the retraining of its men in marksmanship and weapons handling to reduce collateral damage in its engagement in civil security challenges.
The exercise, which took place on Tuesday, at Elele 5 Battalion barracks of the Nigerian Army, was in small arm firing exercise and range classification. It was organised to improve personnel proficiency in weapon handling and professionalism.
Our Correspondent reports that ty6e Field Officer Commanding (FOC) of the Central Naval Command, Real Adm. Suleiman Garba, who led officers and ratings to the training exercise, stressed the need for continuous qualitative training of its manpower to effectively safe guard the country’s territory and resources.
He said that the Central Naval Command 2021 Small Arms Firing Exercise and Range Classification is part of the Nigerian Navy schedule of events in 2021. It is organised to improve personnel proficiency in weapons handling and professionalism.
Represented by the Chief Staff Officer, CNC, Rear Adm. S.O. Agada, said the exercise will involve the firing of Tavour riffle, AK47 riffle, pistol and GPMG at different distances.
“Considering the current national security situation and the multi-theatre operating involvement of the Nigerian Navy, it becomes imperative to continue to re-classify our weapons and refresh ourselves with the weapons.
“It is indeed a show of solidarity and cooperation in an effort to do first aid capacity through training.
“The best form of welfare for troops is first rating training , it is the essence of providing critical skills to military personnel during this time.
“Training and team work are an important part of the Chief of the Naval Staff effort towards repositioning the Nigerian Navy.
“Accordingly the Central Naval Command small arms firing exercise for the first quarter 2021 affords the command the opportunity to drive that agenda by ensuring that our own personnel classify on various categories of weapons and work together in doing so.
“Additionally the current security situation in the country also lay credence to the need to continue to conduct focus training on Nigeria navy personnel in order to improve their weapon handling skills.
“This is because the service will be required to sustain its current internal security deployment in aid of civil authorities considering the current security,the state of insecurity across the nation.
“To the participants I employ you to show commitment and of common dedication by dividing the professionalism in your conduct during this all important exercise.
“The importance of this exercise must reflect the cultivation of those essential attributes you have put on.
“Its therefore my sincere hope that we continue to synergies in relevant areas for the progress of the arm forces of Nigeria and the security of our dear nation,” he said.
In his remark, the special guest of honour, Air Officer Commanding of the Mobility Command, Yenagoa, Air Vice-Marshall A.G. Bello, commended the Central Naval Command for hosting the Small Arm Firing Exercise as part of the CNC’ effort to reposition Nigerian Navy, through provision of adequate training in small arms handling.
He said that the exercise will go a long way in enhancing the capabilities of Central Naval Command personnel, especially when deployed for patrols and other internal security operations in the course of their duties.