The Nigerian Navy on Wednesday deployed six warships and 65 gunboats in a joint multinational maritime exercise comprising 16 foreign Navies from Europe, America and Africa.
The participating countries are the US, France, Italy, Brazil and Gulf of Guinea Angola, Benin, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Others are Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Republic of Congo and Sao Tome and Principe.
Rear Admiral Perry Onwuzulike the Fleet Commander Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy flagged-off the four-day exercise tagged: “Exercise Grand Africa Nemo 2020,” in Onne Rivers State.
Onwuzulike said the exercise was aimed at developing the capacity of the various navies for maritime security operations within the Gulf of Guinea countries.
He noted that Nigerian Navy Ship Okpabana, Thunder, Andoni, Gongola, Shiroro and Kyanwa would take part in the exercise alongside other foreign naval fleets.