Twenty-four Nigerian naval officers are participating in an intensive four-week United States Coast Guard boarding officer training program that began on Monday, August 30.
Six trainers from the US Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia are in Lagos to lead this capacity building program which aims to build maritime law enforcement capacity in Nigerian waters, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea. .
Sponsored by US Africa Command, the training will explore a variety of internationally recognized techniques and procedures for maritime law enforcement at sea in a safe and professional manner.
The training offered by the US Coast Guard will highlight more difficult scenarios and tactics in the use of force, handling of evidence, arrest procedures and persistence.
In addition, participants will explore best practices to combat illegal maritime activities such as illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing; trafficking in arms, drugs and people; as well as the constant threat of piracy and insecurity of oil infrastructure.
The training of the United States Coast Guard is part of a close and ongoing military partnership between the United States and Nigeria that spans decades to strengthen defense ties and promote regional security.
Last month, officers assigned to USS Hershel “Woody” Williams traveled to Lagos and participated in a three-day sea training exercise with Nigerian offshore patrol vessels.
In July, 25 Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service officers and a US Army Special Forces team completed a five-week Joint Combined Exchange Training, also known as J-CET.
Nigeria and the United States are working together in multiple bilateral and multilateral military exercises, including African Lion, Flintlock and Obangame Express, as well as in strategic maritime security forums.
The U.S. government works closely with all departments of the Nigerian military to provide technical assistance, equipment, and professional exchange and training opportunities.