The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla has stressed the need to leverage on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies to enhance the maintenance of NN platforms and other operational activities.
Ogalla said this during the presentation of a paper by navy participants of National Defence College (NDC) Course 31, entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Ship Maintenance Strategic Options for the Nigerian Navy by 2035”.
In a statement by the director of Information, Naval Headquarters Cadre Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, Ogalla stated that the use of AI is significantly transforming the maritime industry and the NN is embracing it to improve the availability of ships towards enhancing operational effectiveness.
He said that ships were increasingly becoming sophisticated with advancement in technology and incorporation of AI and other emerging technologies in their construction.
According to him, the Nigerian navy must continue to adopt and integrate these technologies in order to maintain a competitive edge during operations.
The Naval chief asserted that the paper is timely as it would invigorate the NN’s consciousness towards AI and other emerging technologies and their implication for operational effectiveness.
He commended the participants for their efforts at drafting a roadmap for transforming the navy’s maintenance system into an AI-compliant system.
In his remarks, the Commandant NDC, Rear Admiral Olumuyiwa Olotu stated that the presentation by NDC participants is an annual event under the College’s higher management of Defence package.
He noted that the choice of this year’s topic was deliberate considering that AI is an emerging technology that can enhance the Navy’s capabilities and efficiency in various aspects such as ships systems, weapons, networks and command and control, which makes the participants’ research work very germane.
He therefore asserted that the strategies proffered by the participants would enhance the NN’s capabilities and operations, in line with Nigeria’s security objectives.