Gulf of Guinea states seek outside help

Aboard the USNS Spearhead in the Gulf of Guinea

Sea change? Gulf of Guinea states seek outside help, progress slow

By Steven Beardsley

ABOARD THE USNS SPEARHEAD IN THE GULF OF GUINEA — Team members wore different uniforms, spoke separate languages and relied on hand signals to communicate.

Made up of forces from Cameroon and Nigeria — neighboring countries that have historically shared little beyond a border — the special operations team inched forward together through the tight passages of this Navy catamaran during a recent vessel boarding exercise.

The drill, part of a larger Navy-hosted exercise held over several days in April, offered a glimpse of how local forces might work together to stop the kind of maritime crime that plagues this region.

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