A Royal Navy ship is on its way to the Gulf of Guinea, in constant concern for safety.
HMS Trent sets sail for West Africa. The patroller will visit Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia and Cape Verde. It will also participate in a multinational training plan, Exercise Grand African Nemo, led by France.
The ship will conduct security patrols and training.
British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey hailed the deployment of the River Class Patrol Ship. “It shows how a truly global Britain is stepping up on the world stage to address common international security challenges,” he said.
“Working hand-in-hand with our allies, we are using our forward-deployed armed forces to tackle threats at the source, making the world a safer place for everyone. “
The deployment demonstrates the UK’s commitment to the region, which records £ 6 billion in UK trade annually.
HMS Trent also has a contingent of Royal Marines, 42 Commando. The Marines will participate in training on skills such as boarding and search, evidence handling and medical skills.
Commander Thomas Knott said the visit was an “important return to the region”, demonstrating commitment to maritime security.
“We look forward to working with regional partners and also engaging with local communities in an effort to strengthen security,” he said.
HMS Trent made preparations for the visit to Gibraltar this week. He will participate in the G7 ++ conference of the Friends of the Gulf of Guinea (FoGG) in Dakar. The United Kingdom co-chairs with Senegal.
France has often taken the initiative to ensure security in West Africa. It usually has one or two ships in the area, as part of Operation Corymbe.
Denmark plans to send a frigate, the Esbern Snare, to the Gulf of Guinea in November for five months. The country underlined the importance of maritime safety and the need to protect “Danish interests, as well as Danish and international shipping”.
Italy sent its Nave Marceglia to the Gulf of Guinea in September.
The European Union launched its concept of coordinated maritime presences for the Gulf of Guinea in January this year.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), there are six groups of pirates capable of operating in the region’s deep waters.
Local will is also focused on improving safety.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari noted the progress of the country’s Deep Blue project in a recent speech. The plan aims to improve offshore security. “I am happy to inform the Nigerians that we have taken delivery of the key assets for this project and very soon its impact will be felt,” he said.