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How To Apply For 2022 Nigeria Navy Recruitment

Salary Structure Of Naval Officers In Nigeria

Goodnews! Nigerian Navy batch 34 recruitment 2022 application portal is now open. in this post, we will walk you through how you can apply for 2022 Nigeria Navy recruitment. We will also talk about the requirements/qualifications and application deadline. This post will surely furnish you with all the information as regards the recruitment exercise.

Brief History Of The Nigerian Navy

The Marine Department of the Royal Navy, which was founded in 1887 as a quasi-military body and integrated the responsibilities of the current Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority birthed the Nigerian Navy. During the First World War, which lasted from 1914 to 1918, members of the Marine Department participated in military actions against the Germans in Cameroun.

The colonial government considered that the Royal Navy should be responsible for providing Nigeria with naval defense, thus they did not see the need to develop a proper navy. Additionally, the Marine Department was deemed sufficient to manage port and coastal approach security and provide harbor services for Royal Navy ships conducting patrols in West Africa. 

This was the circumstance up until the Second World War’s end in 1945. The colonial administration wanted that the Marine Department focus on port-related responsibilities after the war. Then, a suggestion was made to create NPA. The Royal Navy Reserve officers of the Marine Department persisted in their support for the creation of a naval force because they did not give up on the idea of a navy.

Mr. LL Olakunle, a member of Parliament, encapsulated the campaign for the creation of a fleet in his words in 1556. He declared, “If we must have a Nigerian Navy, it must be modeled after the British Navy.” The colonial administration dismantled the colonial Marine Department in response to increased criticism from our nationalists. In response to this event, 250 officers and personnel from the defunct Marine Department were gathered in April 1956 to create the foundation of the Nigerian Naval Force (NNF).

Later, the force was renamed the Nigerian Naval Defence Force (NDF). Officers of the Marine Department finally contributed to the Colonial Government of Nigeria’s 1956 Sessional Paper No. 6 policy statement for the creation of a Naval Defence Force (NDF). With 11 different ships and boats inherited from the former colonial Marine Department of the Royal Navy, the NDF began operations on June 1st, 1956. 

The first piece of legislation pertaining to the Navy was approved by the House of Representatives on August 1 and received Sir James Robertson’s assent on September 5 of that same year. The Nigerian Navy Ordinance was its name. The NNDF was renamed the Royal Nigerian Navy by the Ordinance. As a result, the NDF was officially constituted as a force on May 1, 1958, and changed its name to Royal Nigerian Navy (RNN) as a gesture of fealty to the Queen of England. The “Royal” prefix was deleted in 1963 when Nigeria became a republic, and the name was changed to Nigerian Navy. 

The Act of Parliament No. 21 of 1964 established the present NN as a legal entity. At the time of its creation, the NN was only legally required to patrol within 3 nautical miles of the territorial waters’ edge. The NN was formally constituted by the Post-Independence Navy Act of 1964, which also lifted the restriction on NN operations being restricted to the nation’s territorial seas. However, the Nigerian Navy did not significantly develop into a multi-mission maritime branch of the Nigerian Armed Forces; it remained a small fleet of patrol boats. 

Accordingly, the NN was given responsibility for Nigeria’s maritime defense by the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, the Armed Forces Act (CAP A20), and the National Defense Policy (NDP) (2006). These statutes further broadened NN roles to include all combat, law enforcement, and diplomatic responsibilities of a contemporary navy. Collaboration and cooperation with the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, and other pertinent maritime security services are necessary to carry out these responsibilities successfully and efficiently.

Nigeria Navy Recruitment Requirements

If you meet the requirements and have the qualifications listed below then you are good to apply for the job.

  1. Applicant must be a citizen of Nigeria with a valid means of identification such as an International passport, national ID card, or permanent voters card.
  2. Applicant must possess a WASSCE, NECO, NECO certificate with a minimum of 5 credit passes in the core subjects including mathematics and English language.
  3. Applicants applying for tradesmen/women must also possess OND, Trade tests, City and Guild Certificate.
  4. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 26 at the time of application
  5. Male applicants must not be less than 1.68 meters tall while female applicants must not be less than 1.62 meters tall
  6. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in another relevant discipline or higher national diploma is also required
  7. The applicant must not have any physical disabilities
  8. Applicant must have any criminal records.

How To Apply For 2022 Nigeria Navy Recruitment

To apply for the job you need to register your account on the navy portal via with a valid email address and phone number. Ensure to re-read the job description on the navy portal.

  • Visit
  • Navigate to “click to see full guidelines”
  • Read the application guidelines
  • Navigate to “click here to apply”
  • Fill out the application form
  • Submit

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the selection process and called upon for the Nigerian navy screening.

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