It was a moment of great joy, celebration, networking and entertainment as military personnel both serving and retired, parailitary officials and civilians, gathered for a valedictory session in honour of the immediate past Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ekwe Ibas, retired.
The event popularly known by the Navy as Sailing Out took place at the NNS Quorra, Apapa, Lagos.
The colourful ceremony was attended by who-is-who in the military both retired and serving, senior paramilitary personel, captains of industries , traditional rulers and representives of past governors and some parliamentarians.
In his speech, the former chief of Naval Staff, vice Admiral Ibok Ette Ibas who noted that Nigeria’s Maritime environment was strategic to her survival, the prosperity of her people and maintenance of her superiority among the comity of nations, said it was however regrettable that several potential threats had continued to hinder the peaceful harvest of these resources.
In what could be seen as an account of stewardship, the retired Naval chief pointed out that during his tenure, there was renewal of fleets as well as massive procurement of platforms from OPVS SDB training ship survey ship to Helicopters.
He stressed that the Navy under him also prioritized force protection by purchasing large quantities of Ordnance and strengthened their storage through widespread supply of standard amouries and strict accountability.
The Director General NIMASA and one time chief of Naval Staff, Retired Vice Admiral Jubril Ayinla commended the immediate past CNS for a good job.
Three hearty cheers were given to the former chief of Naval Staff ,with the Navy band rendering melodius tunes.