Journalism of Courage

Port Harcourt Native Trains to be a U.S. Navy Future Warfighter

A Rivers State indigene Victor Diamond, is currently at the U.S Naval Education and Training command, NETC, learning the necessary skills needed to be a boatswain’s mate.


Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.


The Port Hacourt native is being trained at the NETC by advanced instructors to be highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighter and sailor.

Diamond, a 2007 graduate of Century International High School, credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Portharcourt.

“I learned to live a positive life, live by example and to be a positive example for others to do the same,” Diamond said. “I grew up in a family where respect and doing what is right is very important, and you have to own what you’ve done no matter what the consequences.”

A boatswain’s mate is responsible for the overall maintenance and preservation of Navy warships.



As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Diamond and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy is all about looking out for your shipmates,” Diamond said. “We are all a family and that means a lot to me. Mentally, it has made me a better person and has encouraged me to believe in myself. The Navy teaches me how to be a leader, to be a critical thinker, a better decision maker and better at risk management.

Diamond plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of National Defense Strategy.

“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”

NETC educates and trains those who serve, providing the tools and opportunities which enable life-long learning, professional and personal growth and development, ensuring fleet readiness and mission accomplishment.

NETC is made up of six commands that provide a continuum of professional education and training in support of Surface Navy requirements that prepare enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 sailors a year.

A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.


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