The Nigerian Navy (NN) will Tuesday, December 5, 2017 flag off a 3 – day sea exercise nicknamed “EAGLE EYE II” in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The Exercise would involve the deployment of several capital ships, naval helicopters and patrol boats. During the Exercise, naval drills such as communication exercises, gunnery exercises, man overboard and ship manoeuvres amongst others will be conducted.
The objective of the Exercise, according to a statement by Navy Captain Suleman Dahun, Acting Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, “is to assess the readiness and operational state of the NN Fleet and the capability of operation commands in the conduct of riverine and choke point operations. “
The Exercise, the statement said, “will also demonstrate to the public Nigerian Navy’s operational engagements and other efforts to address contemporary challenges within the maritime environment. It will also create an enabling environment for the sustenance of the desired level of hydrocarbon production, safety of shipping and other economic activities in the Niger Delta area and the Economic Exclusive Zone in support of national development. It is expected that at the end of the Exercise investors’ confidence on the security in the Nigerian maritime environment will be strengthened.”