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Navy deploys Deep Blue assets to secure Nigerian Maritime waters

The Nigerian Navy says assets acquired by NIMASA under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue project, have been fully deployed. This is contained in a statement by the Acting Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command and Commander Deep Blue Project, Commodore Victor Choji, in Lagos on Friday. He…

<br />DG NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh. Pix: transportday.com.ng

The Nigerian Navy says assets acquired by NIMASA under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue project, have been fully deployed.

This is contained in a statement by the Acting Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command and Commander Deep Blue Project, Commodore Victor Choji, in Lagos on Friday.

He said the deployment was across the South West, Central and Eastern Zonal operations to enhance patrol of the Nigerian maritime domain.

Choji made the declaration during a working visit by the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mohammed Abdullahi to the Management of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

He added that the Nigerian Navy under the leadership of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla was fully committed to the success of the Deep Blue Project.

“The assets have already been well deployed; as we speak five armored vehicles are deployed in Port Harcourt and three in Bonny.

“The project team deployed 10 more vehicles there, in addition to a drone unit in Bonny and some personnel,” the commander added.

According to him, the mere presence of the deep blue assets in those locations during the last General election provided the needed inference required.

Choji also said that in the Central Zone Command, the Navy had deployed three units of special mission elements in Brass and two of the interceptor boats, and a special intervention force to the central command.

“In Lagos, just last week, we got a directive that there is a requirement and we are about to deploy two interceptor boats to support the operations that are ongoing in Lagos Inland waters.

“I can state categorically that we have the full backing of the Nigerian Navy for the success of the Deep Blue Project,” Choji said.