U.S. AFRICOM, NATO Allies Complete Military Exercise In Gulf of Guinea
U.S. Africa Command
March 1, 2013
Obangame Express 2013 Comes to a Successful Close
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Howard
Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Europe
Doula, Cameroon: Exercise Obangame Express 2013 (OE-13), an at-sea naval exercise focused on counter-piracy and maritime security operations wrapped up in the Gulf of Guinea, Feb. 28.
OE-13 provided African, European and Atlantic partner maritime services the opportunity to work together, share information and refine methods in order to help Gulf of Guinea maritime nations better monitor and enforce their territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.
“Over the past week, the participants in this exercise conducted training which improved the interoperability between maritime forces of the participating nations…,” said Gen. Carter F. Ham, Commander, United States Africa Command. “Maritime partnerships and maritime security and safety are increasingly important in the Gulf of Guinea region…”
The exercise included a wide variety of training for all participating forces including at-sea ship boarding and queries, air operations, communication drills and regional information sharing.
“Obangame Express helps promote relationships between nations to combat these illicit activities in the Gulf of Guinea,” said Capt. Dave Rollo, U.S. exercise director for OE-13…
Participating countries in this year’s exercise were Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivorie, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Netherlands, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Spain, Togo and the United States.