Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Muhammed Matawalle, on Saturday , attended the Passing Out Parade of the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Batch 35 trainees at NNBTS Onne, Rivers State.

On arrival, the Reviewing Officer was received by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla.

In a statement from the Director of Naval Information, Commodore Aiwuyor Adams-Aliu, a total of One thousand four hundred and eighty six trainees comprising one thousand two hundred and forty males and two hundred and forty-six females passed out successfully after six months of rigorous naval training which included seamanship, boat handling, small arms, rifle drills, endurance training and unarmed combat.

The statement further said that the POP was a colorful ceremony signaling the commencement of a naval career for these young male and female Nigerians who have sworn an oath of allegiance to their nation. After the March past in slow and quick time, there was a silent drill display by the trainees, award presentation by the Reviewing Officer and presentation of souvenirs to the dignitaries.

Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were the representatives of the Executive Governors of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States and Chairman House Committee on Defence and representatives of the Service Chiefs, Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, and Principal Staff Officers from Defence Headquarters and Naval Headquarters.

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