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UK to train Nigerian Navy on combating piracy

The United Kingdom has said that it will train more personnel of the Nigerian Navy in the fight against piracy and criminalities like drugs smuggling and other crime-related activities.The Deputy High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, told journalists on board of HMS Trent, a British warship, in Lagos that the British warship was in Nigeria to participate in a French-led multinational training exercise, known as Exercise Grand African Nemo, that will bring together international partners in the region.

According to him, HMS Trent is the first Royal Navy vessel to operate in the region for three years.

Llewellyn said that the training was a signal of the UK’s commitment in strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

“Nigeria is an important and valued defence partner for the UK as both countries share threats and we are determined to defeat these and help improve maritime security in the area.

“We would be training the navy personnel on different strategies in combating piracy and other related issues as we believe that this would also help in bringing up various tactics in resolving insecurity in the region.

“We are keen to work with Nigeria to defeat all forms of threats and insecurity in the area and this is one of the step in ensuring that happens,” the reports by Ships and Ports, a local maritime publication, quoted Llewellyn as saying.

The reports added that the Commanding Officer of HMS Trent, Thomas Knot, noted that the Nigerian Navy would be trained in the fight against piracy and other crime related activities.

“As we all know, we are heading towards the dry season and this is the time where there are influx of pirates so it is of extreme importance that this training takes place.

“We would be conducting maritime security patrol as well as supporting partner navies by helping them to develop key maritime skills and develop plans for future operations in the region.

“We are extremely proud and excited to commence this exercise and we are looking to working with regional partners and also engaging with local communities in an effort to strengthen security,” he said.

Published on 05.05.2023

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