Gulf of Guinea: Nigerian, Spanish Navies collaborate on capacity improvement

Gulf of Guinea: Nigerian, Spanish Navies collaborate on capacity improvement

By Oladapo Udom

Four Nigerian Navy Ships are to  collaborate with the Spanish Navy War Ship (SNS) Furor,  to conduct a two-day sea exercise to develop capacity toward improving protection within  the Gulf of Guinea.

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa, said this to newsmen during the  SNS Furor’s visit to the command on Tuesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise will hold  on April 7 and April 8.

Gbassa said the visit by SNS  would further consolidate the  bilateral relations between the two countries,  as well as  improve capacity on the side of the Nigerian Navy.

“As part of our naval responsibilities, navies all over the world as a universal service, always collaborate and cooperate in areas of maritime operations.

“Your port visit to Lagos is in line with that function of the navy and it is our pleasure to have you around.

“The exercise we plan to conduct together will go a long way toward improving  our capacity in monitoring our maritime environment and further cementing our relations,” he said.

The FOC said that the Nigerian Navy and the Spanish Navy have had relationship that dates  back to  a while.

“Over the last two years, this is the fourth SNS that is visiting Nigeria and at each of their visits, we conducted exercises together as regards the protection of the Gulf of Guinea.

“Their experience must have informed and encouraged your port call, so we intend to build on your visit to go further into other areas of training.

“That will include areas where we will have joint training and exchange programmes at the higher level that will contribute to all our efforts to secure not just our waters but indeed the Gulf of Guinea,” Gbassa said.