Operation Obangame Express

Exercise begins next week.

Nigeria: NN, 21 Other Countries, Move to Checkmate Piracy, Crude Oil Theft in Gulf of Guinea

By Evelyn Usman

In a move to checkmate activities of piracy and crude oil theft in the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian Navy,NN in collaboration with 21 other countries, among them , the United States of America and United kingdom, are to engage in a maritime security exercise tagged ‘Operation Obangame Express’ .The exercise is billed to commence on March 19 to March 27, 2015.

Briefing journalists on the exercise which opening and closing ceremony will be held in Ghana, the Flag Officer Commanding,FOC Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Jonathan Ango, explained that the objective of the exercise was among other things to access the ability of the partnering units to conduct maritime support operations, with emphasis placed on regional framework.

The multinational training exercise which according to him was organised by the United States of America African command would also provide training support and capacity building for navies of coastguards of the Gulf of Guinea’s countries, with participants drawn from Military and law enforcement forces from the gulf of guinea.

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Source: allafrica.com

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