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Navy holds passing out parade for 1,486 trainees in Rivers

Navy holds passing out parade for 1,486 trainees in Rivers

…Batch 35 completes training in seamanship, boat handling, others

By Pius Dukor

A total of one thousand four hundred and eighty six (1,486) trainees, comprising one thousand two hundred and forty (1,240) males and two hundred and forty-six (246) females passed out successfully after six months of naval training last Saturday in Onne, Rivers State.

The training included seamanship, boat handling, small arms, rifle drills, endurance training and unarmed combat.

A release by Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, a commodore and director, Naval Information, stated that “The passing out parade (POP) ceremony of Batch 35 trainees of Nigerian Navy Basic Training School signaled the commencement of a naval career for these young male and female Nigerians who have sworn an oath of allegiance to their nation.

“After the March past in slow and quick time, there was a silent drill display by the trainees, award presentation by the Reviewing Officer and presentation of souvenirs to the dignitaries.”

Adams-Aliu informed that the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Muhammed Matawalle was the reviewing officer at the event.

“On arrival, the Reviewing Officer was received by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla,” he said.

Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were the representatives of the governors of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States and Chairman, House Committee on Defence and representatives of the Service Chiefs.

Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, and Principal Staff Officers from Defence Headquarters and Naval Headquarters.