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Navy Celebrates Batch 35 Graduates In Colorful Passing Out Parade


Apr 28, 2024

The Nigerian Navy marked a significant milestone on April 27 with the graduation of 1,486 trainees from the Basic Training School, Batch 35. The ceremony took place in Onne and was attended by several dignitaries, highlighting the importance of the event in bolstering the nation’s maritime defense capabilities.

The Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle, served as the Reviewing Officer for the day’s proceedings, receiving a warm welcome from the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, upon his arrival.

The graduates, consisting of 1,240 males and 246 females, underwent six months of intensive training, which included seamanship, boat handling, rifle drills, and unarmed combat among other disciplines. Their training prepares them to effectively manage diverse challenges in maritime security.

The Passing Out Parade (POP) was not only a demonstration of military discipline and prowess but also a colorful celebration of the new careers these young men and women are about to embark on. The event included a march past in both slow and quick time and featured a silent drill display that showcased the precision and discipline instilled in the trainees.

Dr. Matawalle, addressing the gathering, congratulated the graduates and highlighted the importance of their commitment to national service. He also presented awards to outstanding trainees, acknowledging their exceptional performance during training.

The ceremony was also graced by representatives of the Executive Governors of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, the Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, representatives of the Service Chiefs, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, and Principal Staff Officers from both Defence and Naval Headquarters.

This event not only marks the culmination of rigorous training for these sailors but also signifies their readiness to defend and serve the nation with honor and loyalty. As they take their oath of allegiance, they are reminded of the great responsibilities they bear in securing Nigeria’s maritime borders.

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