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The Chief of Naval Staff is the highest ranking military officer of the Nigerian Navy.[1] The position is often occupied by the most senior commissioned officer appointed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.The Chief of Naval Staff reports to the Chief of Defence Staff, who also reports to the Defence Minister.[2] The Statutory duty of the Officer is to formulate and execute policies towards the highest attainment of National Security and operational competence of the Nigerian Navy.[3] The current Chief of Naval Staff is Ibok Ekwe Ibas who was appointed on July 13, 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari to succeeded Usman Oyibe Jibrin.[4]

Chiefs of Naval Staff

Table below is a chronological list of officers holding the position of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS).[5]

Officer Title Period Served Remarks
Captain F.W. Skutil CNS 1956–1958
Commodore A.R. Kennedy CNS 1958 –1964
Vice Commodore J.E.A. Wey OFR FSS CNS 1964 –1973
Vice Admiral N.B. Soroh MFR FSS IDC CNS 1973–1975
Vice Admiral M.A Adelanwa GCON FSS rcds CNS 1975–1980
Vice Admiral A.A. Aduwo CFR FSS FBIM CNS 1980 - 1983
Rear Admiral A.A. Aikhomu FSS psc mni CNS 1984 -1986
Vice Admiral Patrick Koshoni FSS psc mni CNS 1986 -1990
Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako FSS psc mni CNS 1990 - 1992
Vice Admiral D.P.E Omotsola FSS DSO psc rcds CNS 1992 - 1993
Rear Admiral Suleiman Saidu FSS LSS MSS DSS rcds CNS September 1993 - November 1993
Rear Admiral A.A. Madueke FSS DSS MRNI mni CNS 1993- 1994
Rear Admiral O.M Akhigbe FSS DSS psc mni CNS 1994 - 1998
Vice Admiral J. Ayinla DSS psc Usnwc fwc GCON CNS 1998 - 1999
Vice Admiral V.K. Ombu CFR mni CNS 1999 - 2001
Vice Admiral S.O. Afolayan DSS psc fwc CNS 2001 - 2005
Vice Admiral G.T.A. Adekeye DSS psc mirss mni CNS 2005 - 2008
Vice Admiral I.I. Ibrahim CFR DSS psc fwc CNS 2008 - 2010
Vice Admiral O.S. Ibrahim DSS psc rcds fwc LLB (Hons) MA CNS 2010 - 2012
Vice Admiral D.J. Ezeoba GSS fwc Msc MRIN FCIS CNS 2012 - 2013
Vice Admiral U.O. Jibrin GSS AM psc+ mni LLB PGCPA CNS 2013- 2015
Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas CNS July 2015 –


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