Calabar – The Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, on Saturday said it was committed to its constitutional role of providing security for all residents in Cross River.
Rear Adm. Victor Adedipe, Flag Officer Commanding the command, made the disclosure at the end of the command’s third quarter route march in Calabar.
Adedipe said that the route march was a routine exercise organised by the Naval Headquarters and geared towards ascertaining the physical fitness and mental alertness of the personnel.
The FOC, who led the personnel on the route march, added that the exercise was observed quarterly with a view to also re-assure members of the public of their safety.
“As a security agency, we remain fully committed to our constitutional role of providing security along the water ways and on ground.
“This exercise is held primarily to keep the personnel very fit for the job. The exercise is also taking place simultaneously across all Navy formations in the country.
“The exercise is all about keeping fit and that is what is expected of any member of the armed forces to remain physically and medically fit.
“With what I saw today, I am happy to say that personnel of the command are combat ready in maintaining peace and order in the society and for any military exercise,“ he said.
He urged personnel of the command to be committed and fully alert in their area of operation.
Adedipe said the command would continue to collaborate with other security agencies in the state with a view to providing security for the residents.
He commended the personnel who participated in the march for showing a lot of zeal and high spirit needed for the job.
NAN reports that the march began at the Nigerian Navy Ship Victory (NNS-V) through IBB road, Marian road, MCC road, Calabar highway and ended at NNS-V. (NAN)