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Nigerian, Ghanian Sailors Complete Basic Special Warfare Training In Lagos

A new set of Naval special operation forces have concluded their weeks-long basic training course.

Nineteen naval personnel from the Nigerian and Ghanian navy recently completed 24 weeks long specialised warfare training at Nigeria’s Navy facility in the coastal city of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

The graduates of the Navy Special Boat Service (SBS) Basic Operational Capability Course 16, conducted a simulation exercise demonstrating tactical skill sets acquired for conducting a diverse range of maritime and land-based operations.

The training, comprising physical conditioning, maritime warfare, and land warfare began with 44 trainees and concluded with 19 personnel- 10 Nigerians and nine  Ghanaians.

Among the officers present at the event were SBS Commander Noel Madugu and Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command Lagos, Rear Admiral Kamarudeen Kamal.

The Navy SBS established in 2006 carries out different specialised maritime and land tasks, such as insertion and extraction for boat operations, riverine warfare, close quarter battle and Visit Board Search and Seize (VBSS) Operations at sea.

They have also been deployed in support of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in the Northeastern part of the country.

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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