The Chief of Naval Staff is the highest ranking military officer of the Nigerian Navy. 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. 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. 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.
Table below is a chronological list of officers holding the position of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS).
|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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