The United Kingdom (UK) Royal Navy warship, HMS Trent has concluded her visit to Nigeria where she supported maritime security in the region, helping the Nigerian Navy develop critical capabilities to fight illegal crimes at sea, encompassing piracy, illicit trafficking and other illegal activities.
The HMS Trent had arrived Lagos, Nigeria for a second time as part of its regional mission to aid allies and partners in driving down illegal activities including piracy and illicit trafficking.
During the ship’s five-day visit to Nigeria, the Royal Marines boarding team trained closely with the Nigerian Navy on all aspects of vessel boarding, search and seizure, and firefighting demonstrations conducted by her ship’s company.
Senior Press and Public Affairs Officer, British Deputy High Commission, Ndidiamaka Eze, in a statement, said after leaving Lagos, HMS Trent and 42 Commando will head to Ghana to continue to train Gulf of Guinea allies to bring stability to wider West Africa.
HMS Trent’s Commanding Officer, Commander Tim Langford said, “It has been a pleasure to witness the strengthening of the relationship between my ship’s company and our friends and partners in the Nigerian Navy. We can achieve so much more when we work together, and the integrated training achieved over the past few days will allow our two nations to work increasingly closely in improving maritime security within the Gulf of Guinea.”
In addition to the trainings, HMS Trent hosted a Maritime Domain Awareness Exchange Programme which had senior leadership members of the Nigerian Navy in attendance.
UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard Montgomery, said, “We are pleased to see a new phase of cooperation between the UK’s Royal Navy and 42 Commando and the Nigerian Navy. This reiterates the UK’s commitment to collaborating with Nigeria’s armed forces to deal with illegal activities at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.
“Thanks to Commander Tim Langford and the entire crew of the Royal Navy warship, HMS Trent for their visit to Lagos, Nigeria. Good luck in your operations on combatting piracy, the illegal wildlife trade and maritime security more broadly.”