September 19, 2016 – Nigerian Navy Officers Who Can’t Swim Will Not Get Promotion
Naval officers who cannot swim will not get promotion, naval authorities have said.
Outgoing commandant of the Nigerian Navy Ship, Quorra (NNS QUORRA) Commodore Francis Isaac said this during a farewell parade organised by officers and men of the school at the weekend.
Isaac explained that the directive was recently issued by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas.
“Vice Admiral Ibas recently promulgated an order that all personnel must be able to swim and acquire proficiency certificate that they can swim and it has become a criterion for promotion.”
The navy had, in 2014,commenced a compulsory training in swimming for its officers and ratings across the country.
The force had earlier expressed surprise that majority of its personnel in both senior and junior cadres do not know how to swim.
The force said the move at instituting mandatory swimming for its service members was germane to reduce potential accidents and personnel casualties during operations.
The authorities of the force said it would sustain the training programme until all service members and trainees’ are adequately trained.