Navy Aims at Raising Deft Personnel in Weapon Handling

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Desirous of its personnel’s dexterity in weapon handling and marksmanship, especially in the light of security challenges confronting the country, the Naval Training Command of the Nigerian Navy recently held its 2014 Small Arms Firing Exercise (SAFEX).

The exercise which was held at 192 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Owode, Ogun State, had naval personnel from all units and formations under the command test their skills in weapon handling and marksmanship.

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC), Rear Admiral Goddy Anyankpele, yesterday at the firing range in Owode, Ogun State, said such exercise is important and strategic to naval operations.

The FOC said the aim of the exercise was to test the proficiency of officers and men in the command, adding that its important because its a Naval Headquarter directive which takes place in all commands in the country.

He said the training is imperative so that whenever they are deployed for operations, we will not see the weapon as something strange.

He said another objective of the exercise was to test the proficiency of the personnel of the Command in weapons handling with a view to selecting the best to represent the Command at the Nigerian Navy Small Arms Firing Competition.

He added that it was also aimed at improving weapon handling skills and proficiency in marksmanship, while developing personnel intuitive skills and response initiative under battle-like conditions.


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