Prepare for the contemporary dynamic battlespace


Chiemelie Ezeobi reports that Nigerian Navy Special Boat Services recently collaborated with United States Army Special Forces in a five-week joint combined exchange training focused on a wide range of skills. and land tactics aimed at preparing and equipping them with all skills. for today’s dynamic battlespace

Navy Seals are trained to operate in all environments, sea, air and land, even if they are part of the naval force. For the Nigerian Navy (NN), its Navy Seals are special forces known as Special Boat Services (SBS), and they are trained to perform the most delicate operations. The SBS, while primarily focused on coastal and river operations, is not limited to carrying out other covert operations.

For them, they are trained in unconventional war and combat situations in the air, on land and at sea as they carry out covert missions behind enemy lines, conduct counterterrorism operations, participate in direct wars and capture or eliminate enemy targets.

Joint training

In an effort to build on the expertise of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Services (NNSBS), they recently organized joint training with US Army Special Forces. It was found that the 25 officers of the NNSBS completed the five-week Joint Combined Exchange (JCET) training alongside the US Army Special Forces team.

It was further concluded that the exercise was part of a series of US engagements with the Nigerian military that provide the two elite units with the opportunity to work together, learn from each other and strengthen their skills. relationships.

Throughout JCET, U.S. military trainers and Nigerian Navy special operations forces trained together on a wide range of land skills and tactics, such as countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Goals

In his speech at the closing ceremony, SBS Commander Commodore Noel Madugu said the JCET began on May 31, 2021 and was led by a US Army Special Forces team. He said, “The objective of the training is to improve and equip Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service officers with the skills and capabilities necessary to conduct modern and contemporary operations.”

Module

According to Madugu, the training began with two weeks at the State Department’s security academy, where the men’s shooting skills were improved. In addition, officers were trained to develop their skills in various aspects such as Close Combat (CQC), Combat in Built Up Areas (FIBUA), Explosive Methods of Counterattack (C-IED), Amphibious Raids , ambush exercises, etc.

Address to graduates

Addressing the graduates, the commander said: “Today you have successfully completed the training. You have proven your courage and demonstrated that you have the mental toughness and physical strength compatible with the role you are trained for.

“During your training you have performed series of exercises, performed countless hours of high intensity exercise.
and in the midst of it all, you sacrificed your time to get to where you are today. Every component of this training module has been carefully designed to build the operator you are today on the Special Boat Service.

“In the words of Colin Powell, he said and I quote ‘there is no secret to being successful, it is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure’. This adage clearly highlights the importance of preparation before the fight, and the consequences of poor preparation. The training you have acquired in the last six weeks
aims to prepare and equip you with all the skills for today’s dynamic battlespace and to
counter any threat you are likely to face at any time in your career.

“Nonetheless, I have no doubts that you will be up to the task when the need arises. My confidence stems from my knowledge of the caliber of the United States Army Special Forces instructors who have taught throughout your training from the start to this very moment. They were with you through thick and thin. None of you would be who you are today without their dedication and hard work. Take a moment to reflect and you will realize that you have just accomplished something extraordinary.

Holistic support from the US government

Also speaking at the JCET closing ceremony in Lagos, Acting US Consulate Political and Economic Chief Merrica Heaton noted that the US government is working closely with all Nigerian military services to provide technical assistance, equipment, professional exchanges and training opportunities.

According to her, JCET is part of a close and ongoing military partnership between the United States and Nigeria that spans decades to strengthen defense ties and promote regional security.

“The United States mission in Nigeria is a steadfast partner – helping to combat maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea, counter violent extremists in the northeast, and uphold the rule of law across the country. region, ”Heaton said.

According to the US government, the scale of this summer’s commitments demonstrates the strategic importance of the US-Nigeria bilateral relationship: US delivers A-29 SUPER TUCANO in largest defense sale to an African country; the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps are scheduled for extensive programs in Nigeria beyond pre-COVID levels. These commitments are based on a long-standing security partnership, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea.

They further noted that Nigeria is already participating in multiple bilateral and multilateral military exercises with the United States including African Lion, Flintlock and Obangame Express, adding that the United States and Nigeria are cooperating on maritime security, professionalization military, including human rights, counterterrorism efforts against Boko Haram and ISIS-West Africa, defense trade and governance strengthening.


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