Grand African NEMO

Training and capacity building to enhance maritime security.

French navy drills with West Africans to battle Gulf of Guinea thuggery

PARIS – France and 14 West African nations recently held the first Grand African NEMO (Navy Exercise for Maritime Operations) drill, a week-long training session that is slated to become an annual event.

Led by the French Mistral helicopter carrier, equipped for the occasion with just one Alouette 3 helicopter, and the frigate Ventose, other ships in the fleet included a 500-ton Cameroonian patrol boat, a Nigerian frigate, Gambia’s Kunta Kinteh patrol boat with a crew of 20, and Benin’s FBP98 Mk1-class P110 Ouémé patrol vessel.

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