The Nigerian Navy is participating in a joint multinational maritime exercise code-named "Obangame".

26 countries including Portugal and France are participating in the exercise and the Nigerian Navy has deployed four warships and two helicopters. 

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok Ibas, flagged off the exercise on the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Okpabana at Onne, Port Harcourt.

This year's exercise is tagged: "Obangame Express 2018". 


Ibas was represented by the Chief of Transformation, Rear Adm. Bgroy Ebe-Ibenwo and he outlined the aim of the exercise which will end on March 27. 

1.     It will promote inter-agency and transnational cooperation on maritime safety and security, especially in the Gulf of Guinea.

2.     It will look at the anti-piracy situation where to improve on how to board vessels that are engaging in illegality.

3.     Promotion of regional cooperation among navies in the Gulf of Guinea is another aim.

4.     In the course of the exercise, the Navy would review the backwaters to improve on how the illegality could be curbed.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that “Obangame Express” is a multinational maritime exercise sponsored by the United States, Africa Command that brings together African, Europeans and U.S. Naval forces.

Some other countries participating are: Cameroon, Cote d’Ívoire and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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