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Nigeria, others begin special military exercise in Gulf of Guinea

posted by February 22nd, 2012

A FOUR-DAY international maritime military exercise codenamed Obangame Express 2012 began in the Gulf of Guinea yesterday.

The exercise, which is being hosted by Nigeria through the Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, is being attended by 12 nations: Nigeria, United States, France, Italy, Spain, Cameroun, Ghana, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome & Principe, Togo, Benin Republic and Republic of Congo.

Four warships from the Nigerian Navy have been designated to be part of the exercise while the participating nations are expected to deploy their own warships or observers. In addition to the warships, the Nigerian Navy will also deploy its helicopters while the Nigerian Air Force is to deploy a Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA).

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