NLNG Corporate Caring banner First bank SME Connect Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Nigerian Navy deploys 15 warships to multinational exercise

By Isaac Aregbesola/Toluwanimi Adeeko on 14/03/2019

Gmail icon

Views: 546

•Naval officers getting set for operation
•Naval officers getting set for operation

 The Nigerian Navy says no fewer than 500 naval officers and 15 warships have been deployed to a multinational sea exercise “Obangame Express”, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command.

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC), Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obed Ngalabak, said this on Wednesday in a telephonic news conference organised by the U.S Embassy, Abuja.

He said that Obangame involved navy authorities in the Gulf of Guinea, European and US Navy, adding that the aim of the exercise was to deepen cooperation amongst Gulf of Guinea navies.

Obangame Express is an annual multinational exercise supported by African, European and US partners.

Ngalabak said that the exercise was designed to improve cooperation and tactical expertise among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security for Gulf of Guinea nations.

“We have over Nigerian 15 warships participating in the exercise; we have eight ships actively participating that will go into the sea, while the rest would be placed on standby.

“The number of personnel participating in the exercise could be over 500, because each ship has its own personnel; some have up to 200, some 50 and so on.  So, we have about 500 personnel participating.

“Outside the training, the collaboration has helped to establish good platform for sharing information with our sister African nations,” he said.

According to him, the cooperation through Obangame Expressway has helped to reduce criminal activities on West African water highways.

“Today if there is any criminal activities going on in neighbouring countries, it will be easier for us to track it down and arrest it.

“Recently we even pursued vessels to the Beninian waters and the vessels were arrested. Now that the criminal knows that there is no hiding place, it is a bonus for all of us.

“Apart from information-sharing, look at human capacity building and also mutual trust. Before now, there is this apathy within Francophone, Anglophone, Portuguese and other nations.

“We don’t really interact among ourselves but with the Obangame Expressway, we now understand ourselves better so that mutual trust has been established.

“When we are doing something in Nigeria other countries fall in line. We get it done as a team; it is a very good thing to all of us,” he said

According to him, the other area Nigeria has benefited is synergy in operation. So, if we cannot get it in that area, we can easily ask other countries to do it. It is a good thing.

Ngalabak said that the exercise had been beneficial to the Nigerian Navy, especially in fighting ship piracy on the seas.

He said that officers and ratings of the Navy had been trained in modern maritime techniques, whose top in handy in the recent ship piracy attacks.

“The Nigerian Navy will be hosting this year’s exercise and has committed some of its capital ships and helicopters towards the exercise.”

Speaking on the exercise, the Commander, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa, Capt. Eric Conzen said “the exercise has proven successful in past years in building capacity.

“I’m looking forward to working with our African partners to address maritime crime,” Senate. (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 14/03/2019 12:20:04 PM





You may also like...
Nigerian Army soon to produce helicopters — Buratai...

Army demotes, imprisons soldiers for maltreating cripple

Bayelsa Govt. moves to provide 360 middle, low...

Why Oyo State is spending CBN’s N7.6bn loan...

New Ministers: HURIWA carpets Buhari for nominating ‘Nigeria’s...

DSS clears the air on role in suspended...

Apo Six Murder: Victims’ families storm AGF’s office...

US banks reportedly planning exodus from Brexit Britain...

New oil, gas projects to accelerate next year...

Government investigates cassava poisoning

Brothers kill sibling over handset in Niger

Bandits kill 14 in Kaduna community, injure 13...


Latest News Heavyweights, others expected as 7th News Express Anniversary Lecture holds today in Lagos FG set to release N900bn for capital expenditure Presidency: Supreme Court to give reason for dismissal of Atiku’s appeal Friday Edo APC crisis: Oshiomhole, NWC bow to pressure, set up reconciliation committee Why my suspension can’t hold — Obaseki Scores feared dead, many injured as PDP, APC supporters clash in Bayelsa Insecurity: Gani Adams expresses worry over attitude of South-West Governors Reps urge Minister to dissolve 3-man NDDC Interim Board Imo Speaker must show proof of Doctorate degree, explain NYSC exemption — Group Kogi guber: Deployment of Bello’s ex-ADC invitation to violence, PDP tells IGP Don’t cancel Police’s recruitment of 10,000 constables, Malami urges court Falana to DSS: Release Sowore with immediate effect


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (561,827 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (451,851 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (400,828 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (334,887 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (303,201 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (279,676 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (258,522 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (256,650 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (238,149 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (224,464 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (201,135 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (197,907 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (108) Business & Economy (4,566) Business Verdict (86) Columnists (1,142) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (219) Entertainment (702) Features (844) Global Business Monitor (493) ICT Monitor (67) International (4,198) Interview (211) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (176) Maggie's Blog (481) News (53,919) Opinion (1,418) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,707) Religion (1,118) Sports (2,224) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera