A total of 22 participants of Naval Warfare Course (NWC) 5 were formally inaugurated by the Commandant Rear Admiral Murtala Mormoni Bashir on 9 April 2021. The Course comprised of 18 naval officers, 2 officers from the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force respectively. The Commandant, in his address urged the Participants of the NWC 5 to take advantage of the robust curriculum so as to better equip themselves with the right professional knowledge and skills needed to tackle the various security challenges currently facing the nation which they will be deployed to manage. This is in line with the mission of the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) which is “to optimize the deployment of the Nigerian Navy in the performance of her constitutional roles and the undertaking of the assigned tasks while promptly responding with commensurate actions to other emerging national security challenges”. Therefore, the Commandant formally inaugurated the participants into Naval Warfare Course 5.
In the same vein, the CNS Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo AM ably represented by the Flag officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command Rear Admiral Sanusi Kashim Ibrahim in his welcome address tasked Participants to note that their Inauguration coincides with the beginning of a new era in the Nigerian Navy and as professional officers, they must quickly key into the CNS Vision which is “to leverage on all factors of national location, technology, training, team work and enhance her as a well-motivated and ready naval force in the discharge of her constitutional mandates in fulfillment of national security objectives” he also further reminded the Participants that it has becomes necessary that they are trained to understand the contemporary security environment towards the realization of the CNS vision by thinking outside the box in order to develop workable strategies. The CNS also reminded that the Naval Warfare Course was conceived to develop intellectual, cognitive and analytic ability to enable them articulate enduring polices and strategies that would address our current and emerging security challenges. He further urged the participants to take the Course seriously, learn as much as they can so as to derive maximum benefit from the rich, robust and highly educative course content. Some pictures of the ceremony are shown below.