Commander of US Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Admiral James G Foggo III, has praised Exercise Obangame Express 2019 for building maritime security in West Africa. The exercise, held in March, saw a record 33 countries, 2 500 personnel, 95 ships and 12 aircraft participate.
“U.S. Naval Forces Africa works with our African partners to bolster security institutions across the continent at all levels – local, regional and national. Our long term efforts are intended to enable our partners to improve maritime security along their coastlines, territorial seas, and exclusive economic zones, but also beyond their own borders and throughout the region. Enhancing the capabilities and capacity of African security institutions will assist African states to create a more secure and stable African continent, which can lead to more prosperous future,” Foggo said in a statement on 27 March.
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