The Nigerian Navy has reportedly relocated it’s non-military operational bases to Kaduna, Kano and other states.
This was done to decongest its presence in Lagos and other maritime environments.
Apart from the establishment of a Navy Logistics College in Kano, the navy board had approved the locations of the Nigerian Navy Finance and Logistics in Owerrinta, Abia State; Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology in Kachia Kaduna State; and the School of Health Sciences in Offa, Kwara State.
The board also relocated the Command Naval Drafting to Lokoja, Kogi State; School of Music in Ota, Ogun State and School of Communication and Information Technology to Ife, Osun State.
A senior naval officer disclosed that their bases served different purposes which could be for operations, training, logistics or administration.
“All naval establishments and units are called bases notwithstanding their physical locations. Depending on their responsibilities, naval bases could be for operations, training, logistics or administration.”
“While operational bases are expected to have a waterfront or be located in a maritime environment, some naval bases do not necessarily need to have a waterfront. In the navy, these bases are called stone frigates.”
The Nigerian Navy is currently involved in various internal security operations which include providing support for military operations in the hinterland.
The navy has Special Boat Services, the Naval Elite Commodores that are supporting military operation in the North-West and North-East.