Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo has announced that between March 11 and March 18, the Nigerian Navy will be conducting a security drill on Nigeria’s territorial waterways and the Gulf of Guinea.
Vice Adm. Gambo, inaugurated the exercise tagged; “Obangame Express 2022” in Onne on Friday, and said the Nigerian Navy will deploy 10 warships and 2 helicopters in a joint multinational maritime exercise comprising 31 other foreign navies.
According to Gambo, the exercise is aimed at improving security in the Gulf of Guinea and boosting synergy with navies within the regional block and allied countries.
“Exercise Obangame Express is an annual multinational maritime exercise, which was born on the need for GoG navies and coastguards to cooperate for regional maritime security. The Nigerian Navy will deploy 10 ships, 2 helicopters; maritime domain awareness assets as well as elements of the Special Boat Services (Nigeria’s naval special forces) in this year’s exercise. The exercise will make a positive impact on our combat operation through training while exposing other maritime-related agencies to the benefits of inter-agency cooperation and international collaboration,” he said.
Some of the countries participating in the exercise include Angola, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Cote D’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Denmark.
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