Morocco participates in the largest maritime exercise in West Africa

Morocco participates in the largest maritime exercise in West Africa
Morocco participates in the largest maritime exercise in West Africa
The exercise, held in Lagos, Nigeria, includes training scenarios in port and at sea, including familiarization with the maritime operations center and discussions on medical care, search and rescue operations and boarding techniques.

“Illicit maritime activity threatens regional development efforts, weakens state security and deprives our African partners of valuable resources they rely on for economic growth and effective governance,” said Admiral Stuart Munsch, Commander of US Naval Forces Europe-Africa.

“Exercise Obangame Express is an important opportunity to enhance our collective capabilities, build trust between our nations and promote stability in a vitally important part of the world.” he added.

OE23, one of three regional exercises facilitated by NAVAF, provides opportunities for African and American forces and international partners to work together to address shared transnational maritime concerns.

NAVAF’s ongoing maritime security cooperation with its African partners aims to overcome maritime safety and security challenges in the region.

The exercise is an opportunity for like-minded partners to work together to develop African solutions to shared transnational challenges and promote global security.

“Obangame Express 2023 reflects the continued dedication of the United States to our partners in the Gulf of Guinea as they work to secure their people, economies, and resources. We are delighted that Nigeria is hosting this military exercise, as we strongly believe that maritime security in Nigeria and its neighbors will lead to greater prosperity for the region as a whole,” said Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria.

The exercise is taking place in five areas of the South Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea – stretching from the West African island of Cabo Verde to the Central African coasts of Angola – including the Economic Community of States of West Africa (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

The 32 nations participating in OE23 are Angola, Benin, Brazil, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Gabon, Gambia , Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Italy, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Togo and the United States. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) will also participate.

The United States intends to expand ties with African partner nations to ensure safety, security, and freedom of navigation in the waters surrounding the continent, as these waters are critical to shared security, Africa’s prosperity, and the access to world markets.

For more than 80 years, US Naval Forces Europe-US Naval Forces Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) has forged strategic relationships with allies and partners, building on a common goal framework to preserve security and stability. .

Based in Naples, Italy, NAVEUR-NAVAF relies on U.S. naval forces in the U.S. European Command (USEUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) areas of responsibility. The U.S. Sixth Fleet is permanently assigned to NAVEUR-NAVAF and employs maritime forces across the full spectrum of joint and naval operations.

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