U.S Navy visits Nigeria to strengthen bilateral relations

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A United States of the America (U.S) Naval Ship (USNSCARSON City yesterday visited the Western Naval Command (WNC) of the Nigerian Navy (NN) headquarters in Apapa, Lagos State, to foster economic and security ties between both countries.

The ship, which was in Ghana with two NN warships – NNS KARADUWA and EKULU – to celebrate the Ghanaian Navy’s 60th anniversary, will visit five other countries’ naval forces as it journeys back to its base.

According to Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy, Resources and Plans USNS Forces in Europe, Africa and U.S Sixth Fleet, Rear Admiral John Gumbleton, the U.S is committed to drive the NN to attain security and prosperity among the Gulf of Guinea nations.

The Nation reports that while in Lagos, the U.S Naval delegation would embark on several tactical and medical trainings involving the Joint Maritime Training Centre and the NN Special Boat Service (SBS).

Gumbleton, who led the delegation, said: “This visit is to enhance security objectives between the two countries. We are here in display of our friendship. We share a single purpose with the Nigerian Navy and that is to enhance security, prosperity and make sure that trade and commerce across the Gulf of Guinea is safe and secure.

“So, that is why we want to partner with Nigeria to enhance the security.”

The Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) WNC Rear Admiral Oladele Daji said relationship between both navies had been beneficial and would be further cemented by the visit.

Earlier, Daji received the NN delegation from Ghana, which arrived the NNS BEECROFT jetty before midday.

The ships departed Nigeria penultimate Saturday for Ghana to celebrate with their counterpart on their 60th anniversary and were received by senior Ghanaian Navy officers upon arrival at both Sekondi and Tema Ports.

Daji congratulated both ships for a successful flag showing visit.

He urged the ships’ companies to internalise experiences gained from the trip and pass the knowledge across the fleet.


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