Nigerian Army Amphibious Forces advance towards the enemy during a joint military exercise between Nigerian
armed forces, United States, Britain,Netherlands and Spain in Lagos on October 18, 2013. Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images
Nigerian Navy special forces patrol the waters during a joint military exercise between Nigerian armed forces, United States, Britain, Netherlands and Spain in Lagos in October 18, 2013.
Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images
In October 2013, a joint military exercise codenamed “Exercise AFRICAN WINDS” and which involved elements of the Nigerian armed forces, United States, Britain, Netherlands and Spain
took place in the southwest and southern coastal precincts of Nigeria.
The three-week joint military training with special forces and amphibious forces laid emphasis on further improving the capacity of the Nigerian military in its war against pirates, terrorists, illegal bunkerers and insurgents active within Nigeria’s maritime domain was staged under the auspices of the African Partnership Station (APS)
Participating troops were drawn from the Western Naval Command,81 Division Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy’s Special Boat Service and Hydrographic Survey Unit, the Nigerian Air Force Special Operations Group, the 81 Air Maritime Group and the Nigerian Navy Air Arm.
The scope of the exercise covered included amphibious raids, maritime counterterrorism, vessel boarding, stop and search in an opposed environment and hydrographic survey.
The primary objective of the exercise was the enhancement of the Nigerian Armed Forces’ ability to plan and execute joint operations in the maritime environment.
150 of the participating troops were drawn from units of the Nigerian armed forces while 739 came from the foreign Special Forces.
The exercise in Lagos took place between October 15 and October 18 at Ibeshe Beach and the Navy Ordinance Depot (NOD) Waterfront.
The Calabar exercise held between October 21 and October 24 at the Tinapa and Muddy Beach. Other exercises conducted in Calabar included Riverine and Jungle operations carried out by a combined force drawn from the U.S.,UK and the Netherland marines.
Finally, an amphibious raid planned and executed by troops from the Army Amphibious Forces, Navy Special Boat Service and the NNS Jubilee was conducted at Oron Beach to end the exercise.
According to a press statement issued by the Nigerian Navy, the exercises covered “company level amphibious raids, marine counter terrorism, sea mine identification and disposal, oil rig protection, riverine operations, insertion and extraction.
The objective of the exercise is to improve the capacity of the Nigerian armed forces to plan and execute joint operations in a maritime environment.”
(with additional reporting by the News Agency of Nigeria and the Nigerian Navy PR Directorate)