Nigerian Navy has commenced a sea operation to checkmate piracy on the water ways.
The exercise code named “Calm Waters2” was flagged off simultaneously in the Western, Central and Eastern Naval Commands.
At the ceremony in Lagos, the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji said the exercise would develop a professionally trained and motivated naval force.
Rear Admiral Daji said eight capital ships namely; NNS PROSPERITY, NNS EKUN, NNS NGURU, NNS EKULU, NNS OSUN, NNS OSE, TUG RIMA AND TUG CDR UGWU would be deployed to patrol the territorial waters for the one day exercise.
Two helicopters and a detachment of a Navy Special boat services would also participate in the exercise.
The fleet commander, western naval fleet, Rear Admiral Danjuma Moses said following an improvement of security situation recorded by previous sea operations in the Maritime environment, the chief of Naval Staff directed that the exercise would now be an annual event.