Nigeria, 29 nations deploy warships for military exercise

Nigerian Warship (Photo:THISDAYLIVE)

The Nigerian Navy on Thursday deployed three warships and a helicopter in a joint multinational maritime exercise comprising 29 foreign Navies.

James Oluwole, rear admiral and commander, Task Group 17.1, flagged-off the exercise tagged: “Obangame Express 2017” in Onne, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers.

Mr. Oluwole said the exercise was aimed at promoting inter-agency and transnational cooperation on maritime safety and security, especially in the Gulf of Guinea.

According to him, the exercise, which would commence on March 24 and end on March 28, would be conducted in Nigeria’s territorial waterways.

“Exercise Obangame Express is a multinational maritime exercise sponsored by the United States Africa Command that brings together African, European, South American and U.S. forces, as part of a global network of Navies.

“The purpose of the exercise is to test multinational maritime forces in a broad range of naval operations to deter piracy, illicit trafficking and other maritime threats.

“The exercise will also involve land-based maritime operation centres throughout the region to improve their level of interoperability and coordination.

“Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Okpabana, NNS Centenary, NNS Sagbama and one helicopter will be participating in the exercise designed to promote regional cooperation between Navies in the Gulf of Guinea,” he said.

Mr. Oluwole, also the Flag Officer, Commanding Eastern Naval Command, said the three Nigerian warships and helicopter would sail alongside French Navy ship, Jacoubet, from Cameroon into Nigerian territorial waters.

He listed some of the countries that would participate in the exercise to include Angola, Belgium, Benin, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Cote d’Ívoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark and Equatorial Guinea.

Others are: France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Norway, Mauritania, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal and Sierra Leone.

Also participating are: Spain, South Africa, Togo, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United States of America.

“The exercise will be conducted along with regional organisations such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

“The ships will perform several exercises with intent to create realistic scenarios that reflect past piracy incidents whereby a hijacked vessel will transit from one territory to another.

“Additionally, the exercise will test each individual maritime force to patrol their exclusive economic zones, detect and prosecute illegal activity accordingly,” he said. (NAN)


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  • emmanuel

    ““Exercise Obangame Express is a multinational maritime exercise sponsored by the United States Africa Command that brings together African, European, South American and U.S. forces, as part of a global network of Navies.”

    Really? Brings together African, Europeans, South Americans & US forces as part of a “global network of Navies”? …Africans are really compound pfools. Why is the joint naval exercise not off the coast of Honolulu Hawaii? Or off the coast of Florida or Connecticut river? Why the Gulf of Guinea where oil and minerals abound? And the daft Buhari & other stooge presidents of Africa will even take this as achievement. When will colonialism end? When will Africa be independent? The sad thing is that while the useless Nigerian and other African forces look forward to the pay they will receive and how they will spend their bonuses, the Americans and Britons will secretly gather intelligence about the resources in the region…meanwhile Nigerian Army Thief Burutai will focus of Cattle Ranch lessons from the Brazillian Navy. Shame!

    • un spkn

      Am telling u. And Vanguard is reporting it as if it is something to b proud of. When they r doing military containment and gathering intel on our arsenal so they can mitigate and predict any opposition from us.

      • Haba mallam

        Thats how you know their agents and informers, if the US will bring back slavery some Nigerians will celebrate their returns that’s how stupor they are. Anything from Europe or America is accepted with no question ask.

        • un spkn

          very useless hopeless chalatans.

  • un spkn

    Keep hugging Africom. Until u become middle east. They should better chase Africom, America and whatever metaphor they come under away from our shores. Me i dont have money to start crossing the atlantic as a refugee oo. These African leaders. No shame. Ordinary Navy boat, u pple cannot build. Must u involve America or UK? Why did they not invite u to their navy parade on the South China Sea? or in Pearl Habour? . all they r looking for is money oo. No integrity. No ideology. They dont even have any intellectual capacity to carry out the simplest military tactical mission. Playing Boy-Boy. Shame on all of u. From Azikiwe, Tafawa, Awolowo to Buhari. SHame!!!

  • un spkn

    What is america doing on the gulf of Guinea? 16000 miles away from their territory? They r d ones trying to bully China from the South China Sea. They r here too trying to bully people for oil. What is it?