The United States Army Third Special Forces Group has concluded a five-week long joint training exercise with the Nigerian Navy Special Boat (SBS) on combating threats such as terrorism and piracy.
The 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, conducts missions within the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) area of responsibility, as part of the Special Operations Command, Africa (SOCAFRICA).
The five-week joint training by members of the SBS and the U.S. Army Special Forces team which is part of U.S security engagement and assistance climaxed on Tuesday, July 8. 2021 in the coastal city of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Ms Merrica Heaton, acting U.S. Consulate Political and Economic Chief in the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria said in a statement that “The United States Mission to Nigeria is a steadfast partner – helping combat maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea, counter violent extremists in the Northeast and enforce the rule of law throughout the region.”
Heaton noted that the U.S. government works closely with all the services of the Nigerian military to provide technical assistance, equipment and professional exchange and training opportunities.
The training was also described as a prelude to significant partnership events later this year, including the delivery of A-29 Super Tucanos and the U.S. Navy Coast Guard and Marine Corps planning programs in Nigeria beyond pre-COVID levels to build on a longstanding security partnership particularly in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Nigerian Air Force is expecting 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the U.S, with the first batch of aircraft already en-route the Air Force base in Kainji Niger State, North-central Nigeria.
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