The Nigerian Navy has conducted various simulation exercises for anti-piracy, rig protection, visit board search and seizure, communication drills, together with search and rescue operations.

The simulation activities were part of ‘Exercise Shark Shiver’, Mr. John Enenche, said. Enenche, a Major General and Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), disclosed this at the weekend during a briefing on military operations, across the country.

The three-day exercise, activated at the Western Naval Command Area of Responsibility, was conducted in collaboration with the Italian Naval Ship Fedrerico Martinengo. He said the Nigerian Navy ships that participated in the Exercise were NNS Prosperity, Nguru, Ekulu, Karaduwa and Ose, with a detachment of Special Boat Service elements.

In the course of the Exercise, NNS EKULU was deployed for a Search and Rescue mission for the rescue of MT STELIOS K that was reportedly boarded by pirates at the Togo/Ghana maritime border,” added Gen. Enenche.

According to him, the pirates had apparently left the ship after kidnapping three members of the crew. In the South-South, the DMO Coordinator, said troops of Operation Delta Safe have sustained the fight against economic sabotage to secure critical oil infrastructure in the zone.

His words: “Notably, on 26 November 2020, gunboats of Forward Operating Base IBAKA while on routine patrol around Mbo river, intercepted and arrested one large wooden boat laden with 229 drums of 300 litres of product suspected to be PMS with two suspects, outboard engines and pumping machines.

Additionally, within the period under review, troops of 146 Battalion discovered and immobilized two reactivated illegal refining sites containing four boilers, six storage tanks and one wooden boat laden with illegally refined oil products around Oputumbi in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.