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Navy Deploys Seven Ships, Two Helicopters For Maritime Safety

The Nigerian Navy, on Thursday, deployed seven ships and two helicopters to provide effective maritime search and rescue services on Nigerian waters.

The deployment included other facilities and patrol vessels of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, flagged off the operation codenamed `Exercise Swift Response’, onboard the Nigerian Navy Ship, KADA.

Hassan said the exercise was to provide effective maritime search and rescue services to reduce the loss of lives and property.

He said, “This exercise involves the deployment of suitable naval assets, equipped for maritime disaster management operations.

“The exercise is aimed at contributing to the safety of lives at sea in Nigeria’s maritime environment and the Gulf of Guinea by providing prompt and timely response to maritime accidents.

“The exercise will afford ships in the western fleet the opportunity to reevaluate their information-sharing capabilities through effective communication and also test their capabilities for carrying out rescue missions at sea.

“It will also equally assess the capabilities of the Nigerian Navy in surveillance and special air operations, among others.”

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