EXERCISE OBANGAME 2013: WHY THE USA IS INTERESTED IN THE SAFETY OF AFRICAN WATERS; “NIGERIAN NAVY VERY PROFESSIONAL, VERY COMPETENT AND A REGIONAL LEADER”

An Agusta A109e Power of the Nigerian Navy Air Arm prepares to land on NNS Thunder F90

An Agusta A109e Power of the Nigerian Navy Air Arm prepares to land on NNS Thunder F90

THE GUARDIAN ON SUNDAY
24 February, 2013

SAFETY of the maritime environment for smooth sailing of merchant vessels has prompted United States of America’s interest in this year’s international sea exercise tagged ‘Exercise Obangame Express,’ hosted by the Republic of Cameroun.

The USA, a major sponsor of the programme, is leading fifteen other
countries from Africa and Europe in the
sea exercise billed to end on March 1,
2013. The goal of the exercise, according to US authorities, is to improve maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. According to the Director of the operation, Captain David Rollo, a former Defence Adviser to the American
Embassy in Nigeria,the exercise is aimed at improving the abilities of the
navies of the world to stamp out criminality at the sea.

“The objective of the whole exercise is
to improve communications among the
navies and also improve our abilities to
work together. It is also aimed at
improving our abilities to intercept
illicit vessels. Communication has always remained an issue in world military, we would keep improving on communications.”

He lauded the Nigerian Navy for taking
the exercise seriously and deploying
three of its craft for the operation.According to him, “We are proud of the
Nigerian Navy for deploying two of their
vessels and the maritime patrol aircraft
of the Nigerian Airforce for the exercise. We have Nigerians here in the exercise and instructors for the boarding operations. Nigerian Navy has been very professional, very competent and very much a regional leader.” “My expectation is to be able to have a
successful exercise and be able to bring
everybody back safely unhurt. The biggest success is when you take people
to sea and you bring them back safely.
That is what we have always prayed for.” Rollo added.

The US military chief urged world navies to do away with the belief that piracy is
only a major issue in the water of
Somalia.

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5 Responses to EXERCISE OBANGAME 2013: WHY THE USA IS INTERESTED IN THE SAFETY OF AFRICAN WATERS; “NIGERIAN NAVY VERY PROFESSIONAL, VERY COMPETENT AND A REGIONAL LEADER”

  1. Yagazie says:

    Another Hamilton Class USCG ship – USCG Rush (WHEC-273) is due to be decommisioned and transferred under the Foreign Millitar Sales programme in FY 2013. Hope our Navy/MOD get their act together and put in an expression of intrest in good time and lobby properly so that this boat comes to the NN to complement NNS Thunder.

    • doziex says:

      Here we go again.

    • Max Montero says:

      Hi. According to USCG reports, Bangladesh is indeed going to receive a Hamilton class ship, identified as USCGC Jarvis.

      There are reports surfacing that the reason why the Philippines opted not to get the Jarvis is because of the delays with ex-Dallas and problems encountered with ex-Hamilton which we still don’t know but seems to be serious. From the looks of it, the ships seems to be more expensive to operate and maintain than a brand new ship. The Philippine government suddenly turned 180 degrees and now wants to get all new ships instead of used ones, even dropping the already anticipated Maestrale class deals with the Italians.

      Any updates on the NNS Thunder? How is it with NN service after more than a year of operations?

      Max

  2. kyallkelvins says:

    We ain’t supposed to dwell on our mistakes. :evil:

  3. beegeagle says:

    Hey Max! How are you, man? Where are all the old and cheap ships to be found these days :-)?? What is happening to the Pohang corvettes of Korea?

    Anyway, NNS Thunder have been at sea non-stop since she was inducted. She was at Ex Obangame 2012, Ex Farauta 2012 and is in nextdoor Cameroon as I write this. I mentioned last November that she has had some weapons installed amidships. I saw a 20mm cannon and a .50 cal, starboard.

    Whatever gets to hand, we shall keep ourselves in the know. How is yours doing exactly – her sister ship, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar?

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