The Western Naval Command on Wednesday carried out Operation Awkward to ascertain the response of their men and assets to squash threats in case of an emergency.
The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Rear Adm. Jason Gbassa said that he was impressed with the exercise and rated his men and performance of their assets high in case of an emergency.
Oriental News Nigeria reports that boats, ships, helicpoters, ambulances among other assets made up the exercise ritual which held at Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Apapa-Lagos.
According to Rear Adm. Gbassa, the objective of the exercise is to work up the man and the ship’s company which is every department that comprises the constitution of a ship.
“In this operation, there are air elements, surface elements, underwater elements which were all involved to ascertain the state of readiness of all our assets.
“It is important to carry out these tests to see how ready we are in the case where there is a threat to the security of the base,” he said.
According to Gbassa, “all military operations were based upon intelligence and that Operation Awkward was no exception.
He, however, said that there was no practical intelligence to show that the base; NNS BEECROFT was under any form of attack.
“The operation is just for us to test the readiness of our men and the entire ships company and we are prepared incase there is any threat.
“The response was impressive starting from the divers that went underwater to check around the underwater aspect of the ships.
“As well as the surface elements that man the boats alongside the boats that sounded alarms to make sure that any intruder will not have a free reign to access the ships,” he said.
Rear Adm. Gbassa said that the air elements to see the helicpoters response to the reaction of the medical team in the case of eventualities,” he said.
The FOC noted that all the entire base was involved in the operation starting from NNS BEECROFT to the Air Base in Ojo and the entirety of all the units and military formations.