Nigerian Army has trained about 200 soldiers in Port Harcourt to handle special marine operations and rescue missions in the Niger Delta.
Commander of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Stevenson Olabanji stated this at the graduation ceremony of young soldiers of 73 Regular Recruit Intake in Harry’s Town, Degema local government area, Rivers.
General Olabanji said the exercise by the Operation Pulo Shield Sector 2, aimed to equip soldiers with requisite marine skills and boost troop’s readiness at combating oil theft in the region.
According to him, the army leadership has taken personnel training seriously in view of current security challenges confronting the nation in the North-East and other parts of the country.
“To this end, the training began in Dec. 14 with 200 young soldiers fresh from Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria – with the aim to familiarise them with their operating environment.
“The soldiers were trained in basic unit regimentation covering field craft and minor tactics, internal security operations, general service knowledge, range classification and swimming, among others.
“The young soldiers also received special training in basic swimming lessons owing to the peculiar nature of our operating environment.
“This swimming exercise aimed to equip the young soldiers with necessary survival skills as they will be operating in coastal areas,” he said.
Olabanji expressed optimism that the training would boost soldier’s proficiency to better navigate the creeks, and as such, put an end to oil theft and attacks on oil installations in the region.
The commander said that current dynamics in the country had required that the army become more professional in the discharge of its responsibilities and operational conduct.
He urged the 200 soldiers to obey military and civil laws, adding that discipline, hard work and commitment must be the watchword in the discharge of their duties.
The Nigerian Pilot gathered that the soldiers received training in various swimming techniques in survival and endurance, freestyle stroke, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly stroke.


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