Royal Warship Arrives Nigeria

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As part of its regional mission which is aiding allies and partners in driving down illegal activities, including piracy and illicit trafficking, a Royal Naval warship, HMS Trent, landed in Lagos, Nigeria, yesterday. HMS Trent left Gibraltar for Nigeria with an expert boarding team of UK Royal Marines and a Puma surveillance drone aboard. This will be the second visit to the country and it will help deliver capacity training and support maritime security in the region.

Its mission is to support West African allies by helping them develop capability to fight illegal crimes at sea and ensure they can bring stability to West Africa at large.

With around £6 billion of UK trade passing through the region, part of HMS Trent was tasked with supporting stability across the Gulf of Guinea through training; to help partner navies take the fight to criminal actors, foster ties and share knowledge, and conduct patrols to increase security.

Trent’s Commanding Officer, Commander Tim Langford, said: “It is an honour for HMS Trent to return to Nigeria; an important visit on the ship’s three month deployment to West Africa. We are excited to work with our partner nations as we strive for a long-term solution to maritime insecurity across the region.

“The Royal Navy has a long history of engagement within the region and an enduring partnership with the Armed Forces of Nigeria. My team is really looking forward to the opportunity to work with their Nigerian counterparts and build on the relationships established when we visited Lagos in 2021.”

The UK Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Jonny Baxter, said: “This deployment demonstrates how a truly global Britain is stepping up on the world stage to tackle shared international security challenges.

“Nigeria is an important and valued defence partner for the UK in West Africa. Our two countries face many shared threats and we are keen to work with Nigeria to defeat these and to help improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.”

The deployment is part of a wider international effort by the Friends of the Gulf of Guinea, FOGG, that supports nations under Gulf of Guinea to implement regional maritime security frameworks, and bring stability to a region that has seen international shipping disrupted, seafarers’ lives put in danger, and damage caused to local economies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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