The Nigerian Navy has conferred the Chief of Naval Staff Commendation Awards on fifty-eight officers and sailors in recognition of their outstanding achievements in research and innovation, heroism and character in 2023.
Officers who successfully held maritime commands throughout the year were additionally awarded the Navy's Command and Maritime Badge.
The Navy presented the honor on Friday in Abuja, during the 2023 Ceremonial Sunset and Awards Night.
The awards fall into four categories: heroism, SDB III Design and Construction, research and innovation, and exceptional character.
A team award (Operation Whirl Punch), sports, exceptional ships/establishments, major command and leadership, and the Office of the National Security Advisor Tactical Disruption Team of the National Counterterrorism Center are among the other categories.
The Nigerian Navy female volleyball team known as the Spikers was recognized for their exceptional play in the national competition.
Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the CNS, in his remarks, stated that the ritual had long been a custom to mark the end of activities for a while.
According to Ogalla, the 2023 edition was intended to honor those who had distinguished themselves in various ways throughout the year and mark the end of the Nigerian Navy's operations for the year.
He said the ceremony gave the Navy an opportunity to honor the tenacity and dedication of its employees.
“Tonight, as we witnessed the sunset of another year. Let's take a moment to reflect on the achievements and milestones we have achieved together.
“This year has been a period of significant progress and achievements for the Nigerian Navy.
“When I took over as Chief of the Naval Staff, I set forth a clear vision and mission, as well as the philosophy of my command.
“Central to this is the need to maintain a Navy that is professional, capable and responsive to the demands of our maritime environment,” he said.
The CNS said one of its key objectives was to ensure that the naval fleet would be equipped and prepared to meet the demands of the evolving maritime security landscape.
“This year we have made significant progress in fleet renewal, with the acquisition of new ships and the continued modernization of existing platforms.
We have also continued to invest in maritime domain awareness,” he said.
The Head of Policy and Plans of the Nigerian Navy, Admiral Joseph Akpan, said the sunset ceremony was a tradition of navies around the world dating back to the early days of sailing ships.