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Meet Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, the newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff.

Born on December 20, 1968, in Umuopu Enugu Ezike, Igbo Eze North LGA of Enugu State, Nigeria, he has an impressive educational and professional background.

Ogalla excelled academically, graduating as the best boy in Sciences from NMS Zaria in June 1987.
He obtained his WASC with A1 in all subjects except English language. He joined the 39 RC NDA and graduated with a BSc in Maths, earning the prestigious sword of honor as the best naval cadet in his course.

He started his career as a S Lt on Sep 16, 1992, and has since been promoted to Rear Admiral, a position he has held since Sep 16, 2021.

Throughout his career, Ogalla has served on various ships, including NNS AMBE, ARADU, LANA, EKUN, AGU, QUORRA, BEECROFT, DELTA, and PATHFINDER.

Notably, he participated in the ECOMOG Operations in Liberia in 1996 while serving on board NNS EKUN. As the Base operations officer in NNS PATHFINDER, he successfully coordinated anti-illegal bunkering operations and policing duties, resulting in a significant reduction of illegal activities within the base area of operations.

Rear Admiral Ogalla's achievements have earned him several prestigious decorations, including FSS, MSS, DSS, and GSS.

He is a member of various professional organizations, such as the Nigerian Hydrographic Society, Nigerian Institute of Management, and the International Earth Rotation Services.

He is also a fellow of the Occupational Safety and Health Association of the UK.

Ogalla is happily married to Mrs Ijeoma Ogalla, and they have two children.
In his free time, he enjoys jogging, reading, and researching about science and nature.

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