Officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy have been asked to continuously uphold the ethics of professionalism.
As the Nigerian Navy prepares to mark its 60th anniversary in less than a month, the military personnel have been urged to exhibit discipline in their daily routine.
The appeal was made in Cross River State by the newly posted Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral James Oluwole.
Speaking at his maiden official tour on facilities of the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters in Calabar and Akpabuyo Local Government Area of the state, Rear Admiral Oluwole boasted that the Navy, in its nearly 60 years of existence, has recorded huge successes which must be upheld at all cost.
He promised to build on the legacies his predecessors had left behind, for the betterment of the command throughout his tenure.
The Naval officer also cautioned the personnel of the command against criminal intentions.
He urged the Nigerian Navy to put their mind first on the things that would grow the force and make it outstanding as his tenure would uphold zero tolerance to criminality.
A technical team from ECOWAS has inspected facilities at the Eastern Naval Command headquarters in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The team inspected the facilities in preparation for Nigeria’s hosting of the coordinating centre which entailed coverage of the 15 member states.
The team led by Mr Isaac Armstrong and the representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Charles Medani, took a tour of the proposed Regional Maritime Coordination Centre (RMCC) facilities as well as other platforms at the naval jetty.
According to the ECOWAS team leader, the essence of the inspection was to create a maritime operation zone with the establishment of regional coordinated centres as agreed by the head of the 15 member states in March 2013 based on the Maritime Integrated Strategy.
He maintained that the facilities of the Nigerian Navy was commendable, as it indicated Nigeria’s readiness to host the center.
The representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Charles Medani, who is also the Chief of Training and Operations, Navy Headquarters, Abuja, said that the outcome of holding the RMCC would be of great reward to Nigeria and the Navy.
Also speaking, the FOC Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, commended the Federal Government for their support so far.