Operation Octopusgrip: Navy deploys 7 ships, 37 patrol boats in Niger Delta

Rear Adm. Bello Al-hassan who is the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Central Naval Command (CNC), has revealed that the Navy deployed 7 ships and 37 patrol boats for maritime security drill in the Niger Delta.

Al-hassan has made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday at the Federal Ocean Terminal, Onne, saying that the command had commenced a sea/backwater exercise code named: ‘Octopusgrip’ in Onne, Rivers.

He said the earlier operation had reduced crude oil theft and other maritime illegalities, which caused high degree of insecurity of lives and property in the Niger Delta region.

“All ship companies are therefore, urged to put their professional skills into practice, as the ships are flagged off to achieve the objective of the exercise.

“Let me remind the general public, particularly the seafarers within the Central Naval Command, that the security of lives and property is key in the conduct of this exercise.

“I solicit for your continuous cooperation and support as the CNC set to achieve one of the constitutional mandates of the Nigeria Navy, which is to ensure security within the maritime domain,” he said.

The Officer in Charge of the exercise, Commodore Habib Usman, said the operation was to assess the readiness of CNC fleet and bases as well as to test the practical skills of personnel in tackling maritime threats.




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