Are you interested in joining the Nigerian Navy? Do you want to know how much a naval officer is paid every month? Find out about the new Nigerian Navy salary scale and ranks in 2018.
What should you know about the Nigerian Navy?
The Nigerian Armed Forces is divided into three branches. The Nigeria Army, the Nigerian Air Force, and the Nigerian Navy. The sea branch of the Nigeria Armed Forces, the Nigerian Navy is among the largest Naval Forces on the African continent. The Nigerian Navy has a command structure which consists of the following:
- The Naval Headquarters which is located at Abuja.
- It has three operational commands: the Western Naval Command with headquarters at Lagos, the Eastern Naval command with headquarters at Calabar, and the Central Naval Command with headquarters at Bayelsa.
- The training command’s headquarters at Lagos with other training facilities spread across Nigeria.
- Five forward operational bases.
- Five operational bases.
- Two dockyards in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
- Two fleets based in Calabar and Lagos.
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The head of the Nigerian Navy is referred to as the Chief of Naval Staff. The Chief of Naval Staff is always appointed by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and is always the highest-ranking military officer in the Nigerian Navy. The current Chief of Naval Staff is Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.
Nigerian Navy ranks and salary
Besides the honour and prestige that comes with being a member of the Nigerian Armed Forces, another enticement for many wanting to serve in the Nigerian Navy is the attractive salary. Many people aspiring to join the Nigerian Navy always search online for the information regarding the Nigerian Navy ranks and salary. But this information is difficult to come by online. This is because information regarding the Nigerian Navy salary structure is not a public knowledge. But according to a report published last in one of the leading newspaper in Nigeria, we have an estimate of how much some the top ranking officers of the Nigerian Navy earn annually:
- Admiral, highest rank in the Navy - ₦16,303,140
- Vice Admiral - ₦13,363,229
- Rear-Admiral - ₦12,038,945
- Commodore - ₦7,385,856
- Captain - ₦3,715,859
- Commander - ₦3,380,086
Nigerian navy ranks
Knowing the ranks in the Nigerian Navy is also as important as knowing how much you will be earning as a naval officer. Naval officers are grouped and ranked under two categories:
- Non-commissioned officers
- Commissioned officers
Non-commissioned officers are members of the Navy who do not necessarily possess a degree from a higher institution to enlist in the Nigerian Navy. Non-commission are involved only in the physical aspect and coordination of military strategies.
Commissioned officers are naval officers who joined the Nigerian Navy as higher institution degree holders. Their training includes the decision-making and leadership aspects of the Nigerian Navy. Commissioned officers are always superior in ranking to non-commissioned officers and they also earn more.
Rankings for non-commissioned officers in descending order
There are six ranks for non-commissioned officers:
- Warrant Chief Petty Officer
- Chief Petty Officer
- Petty Officer
- Leading Rating
- Able Rating
- Ordinary Rating
Ranking for commissioned officers in descending order
There are twelve ranks for commissioned officers:
- Admiral of the Fleet
- Rear Admiral
- Lieutenant Commander
- Acting Sub-Lieutenant
Joining the Nigerian Navy is always a dream come true for many given the opportunity. The Nigerian Navy recruitment process for higher institution graduate takes place every year. You can find information and news about application dates, exam and interview dates, requirement, recruitment process, etc. on the Nigerian Navy Recruitment and enlistment portal at www.joinnigeriannavy.com/. Also, you can watch or check online for news related to the recruitment process. Don't hesitate and join Nigerian Navy. However, beware of fraudsters who take advantage of people trying to enlist in the Nigerian Navy.
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