In order to cement naval cooperation, Nigeria, Spain, the United States of America, USA and 27 other countries have conveyed on the Gulf of Guinea from March, 14 – 25 for an exercise aimed at towards curbing untoward activities in the Gulf of Guinea.
The multi-national meeting with Code named Exercise Obangame 2016 will focus on increasing regional cooperation and inter operability to enhance maritime safety and security.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the Nigerian Navy’s Director of Information, Commodore Christian Odogwu Ezekobe, the exercise will evaluate combined operations to counter illicit maritime activities utilizing inter regional, regional and national whole-of –government approach towards curbing untoward activities in the Gulf of Guinea.
Other nations billed to participate in the exercise include Angola, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, and France.
Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Norway, Mauritania, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Turkey, the Netherlands, along with regional organizations such as the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS are expected to attend.
The statement said the opening ceremony of the Exercise is scheduled for 17 March 2016 in Dakar, Senegal, execution phase from 14-24 March 2016 will take place at sea, while the closing ceremony is scheduled for 25 March 2016, in Doula, Cameroun. The Nigerian Navy is committing 3 ships, NNS OKPABANA, NNS CENTENARY and NNS PROSPERITY for the Exercise which is the highest by any participating navy in the region.

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