The President of Nigeria, Mr Bola Tinubu has commissioned three Nigerian Navy (NN) warships, and two helicopters of the Nigerian Navy as he declared opened the 2024 Nigerian Navy International Maritime Conference.

The President was represented by the Vice President, Mr Kashim Shettima who also flagged off the Regional Maritime Exercise (REMEX) on May 30 at the Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

These events were to commemorate the Nigerian Navy’s 68th anniversary.

The theme of the Conference was titled: “Promoting the Blue Economy in Africa through International Cooperation on Maritime Security”.

The theme discussed how to optimise the benefits of the Blue Economy for economic growth.

The three newly acquired Nigerian Navy Ships (NNS) and two helicopters commissioned by the vice president were; NNS OCHUZOR -35m Hydrographic Survey Vessel, NNS CHALAWA – 32m Seaward Defence Boat (SDB).

Others are NNS ZUR 32m (Seaward Defence Boat) and the two helicopters were Helo NN 412 and Helo NN 414.

Tinubu commended the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla and the officers and soldiers of the NN for creating a safe and secure maritime environment.

“The President referred to the NN as “lifeguards of Nigeria’s Maritime Environment”.

Tinubu said that NN anti- crude oil theft operations under Ogalla’a watch had led to increasing levels oil production for Nigeria.

Navies from other countries that participated in the maritime exercise include Brazil, Cameroon, China and eleven Nigerian Navy ships with two helicopters.

Several countries also attended Day 1 of the IMC 2024, including U.S, South Korea, France, China, UK, Spain, Russia, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Equitorial Guinea, Gambia and Republic of Benin.

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