African Winds Training Kicks Off In Calabar
About 200 Nigerian troops consisting of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Navy as well as 19 foreign troops from Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States of America are now undergoing tactical training on capacity building at amphibious training school in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.
The training exercise code-named The African Wing according to the flag officer commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu is a capacity building programme led by Netherlands marine forces to help African Military forces develop and improve their capacity to jointly plan and execute military operations in the maritime domain.
The FOC was speaking at the flag off of the amphibious raid exercise carried out at the Oron Beach in Akwa Ibom State.
The operation which was nicknamed Ofem Efik, meaning Calabar Winds in Efik language is a three day training which is an initiative of the Nigerian Navy as part of its efforts towards improving the command’s capacity to operate with other arms of the Armed forces of Nigeria as well as friendly military forces from other countries and maritime agencies.
In view of the security challenges in the gulf of Guinea especially stealing of crude oil and attacks on merchant ships, such capacity build up will help African military forces to jointly plan and execute military operations in a maritime domain.
The first phase of the exercise which was the pre-exercise paved way for the tactical phase which was conducted by the Mobile training teams drawn from UK, USA and the Netherlands Marines in conjunction with instructors from the Nigerian Navy and the Amphibious Training school.
Countries covered by the programme are, Morocco, Senegal, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroun.