ROYAL NAVY DEPLOYS TO AFRICA'S WEST COAST
The Shawnigan will be one of two ships looking for illegal cargo for the third year.
er Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and
Shawinigan, both Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs),
are set to arrive in West Africa on 23 February. The ships
departed from Halifax in January 2019 and have now completed
their trans-Atlantic crossing, arriving in the Gulf of
Guinea region of West Africa to conduct Operation PROJECTION
Their deployment will include engagements with West African nations to build partner capacity, promote maritime security, and foster relationships in the Gulf of Guinea region by conducting stakeholder engagements and community relations activities.
“This is the third consecutive year that the Royal Canadian Navy has deployed to West Africa and we will continue to build on the successes of our previous deployments. Operating at sea and ashore, our sailors will be supporting Canadian national interests in the region, Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, Maritime Component Commander. "They will work with global partners to promote regional stability, build capacity amongst our African partners and continue to enhance the relationships we have developed over the past three years. This will be an exceptional experience for our sailors as they bring a bit of Canada to our friends on the other side of the Atlantic.”
The Kingston will be one of two ships looking for illegal cargo for the third year.
While deployed, HMCS Kingston and Shawinigan, a detachment of personnel from the Naval Tactical Operations Group (NTOG), and a Maritime Operations Center (MOC) mentorship team will also participate in OBANGAME EXPRESS 2019 (OE19) from 9 to 22 March, 2019.
Led by U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF), OE19 is designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. The NTOG will work with regional partners to build partner capacity for maritime interdiction operations.
As well, from 31 March to 4 April, 2019, the ships will participate in PHOENIX EXPRESS (PE19), along with a MOC mentorship team. The engagement is designed to improve regional cooperation, increase maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices, and operational capabilities in order to enhance efforts to promote safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea.
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