The Central Naval Command (CNC) of the Nigerian Navy (NN) on Friday 24 July 2020 flagged off a 90-day maritime operation code named Operation Doubeni II.
The Operation which was launched from the Nigerian Port Authority Jetty, Warri is aimed at conducting evolutions to curb criminal maritime activities within the CNC Area of Responsibility (AOR) and make the Area crime free for economic exploratory activities for enhanced national development.
Speaking while flagging off the Operation, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) CNC, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba said the Operation was to consolidate on the impressive achievements recorded by the Nigerian Navy during the conduct of Operation Calm Waters which was activated in May 2019 to deter planned agitations within and around Nigerian’s maritime environment.
Rear Admiral Garba stated that Operation Calm Waters has to a large extent contributed to the reduction in reported incidents of sea robbery, piracy, illegal bunkering, smuggling, illegal refinery and other maritime crimes within Nigerian waters.
He highlighted that within the period of the Operation, the Nigerian Navy recorded a total of 27,918 hours of sea patrol which resulted in the arrest of 31 vessels and 357 persons suspected to be engaged in maritime illegalities.
The FOC also added that NN bases cumulatively neutralised a total of 186 illegal refineries with 2,036 metal tanks and ovens, seizing a total of 23,102,900 litres of illegally sourced products.
Rear Admiral Garba pointed out that notwithstanding the efforts made by the Navy and other security agencies at tackling the numerous security challenges prevalent in Nigeria, palpable threats still persist particularly in Nigeria’s maritime domain with threats to attack critical maritime infrastructure, both ashore and offshore, hence the need for the Command to launch Operation Doubeni II.
Continuing, the FOC said the Operation of this nature is critical towards sustaining the resources and huge potentials of our dear nation which sadly is undermined by domestic and sometimes cross-border threats.
“The situation calls for measures to bring sanity to the nation’s maritime domain”, he said.
The FOC urged all the participating ships and platforms of the CNC to be alert to their responsibilities and put in their best in other to maximise the opportunity and consolidate the gains achieved towards securing Nigeria’s maritime domain.
He noted that within the limits of available resources, CNC has been focused and proactive in combating the myriads of threats and illegal activities in Nigeria’s maritime environment.
He affirmed that the protection of resources and economic activities in the nation is a collective responsibility of all stakeholders in the region and called on the cooperation of and support of all maritime security stakeholders as well as the civil populace in confronting threats to the nation’s common interest.
In his opening remarks, the Fleet Commander, Central Fleet and Officer in Tactical Command of the Operation, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Beckley stated that the Operation will involve the deployment of all the available ships, helicopters and other platforms under the Command.
The flag off ceremony had in attendance Principal Staff Officers of the CNC, Commanders of military establishments and other security agencies in Warri, Commanding Officers of NN ships, units and establishments under the Command.
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