The Nigerian Army says in line with it’s Training Directive for the Year 2018, troops of 6th Division, Port Harcourt have begun exercise CROCODILE SMILE 3 in the entire Niger Delta region.
The exercise is intended as a routine practice for troops on administration, operations, logistics, as well as Civil-Military Cooperation.
The exercise began with a show of force patrol alongside other sister agencies like Airforce, Navy and others to build confidence of troops.
Speaking with journalists after moving round Port Harcourt, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 6 division of Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, who was represented by the Garrison Commander, Brigadier-General Hillary NZAN said Operation Crocodile smile 3 is a confidence-building patrol in the fight against insecurity.
Brigadier-General Nzan said it will also avail troops opportunity to sharpen their combat skills in the conduct of land based, as well as joint riverine operations.
He explained further that the army is for every Nigerian, as they are to protect the people, through collaboration with other security agencies to restore peace and reasure citizens of their safety.
The Army said the exercise is also aimed at impacting on the troops, the importance of equipment maintenance, reconnaissance, inter-service and inter-agency cooperation, effective application of Army Code of Conduct, as well as strict adherence to Rules of Engagement in the handling of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), captured or surrendered hostile elements in line with international best practices.