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UK deploys Navy warship to help Nigeria combat piracy, crimes on high sea

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The United Kingdom has deployed its Royal Navy warship, HMS Trent, to Nigeria in a bid to support the West African country’s battle against piracy and crimes on the high seas.

The Navy warship, which arrived in the country on Sunday, is expected to deliver capacity training and maritime support on tackling sea piracy and illegal trafficking.

While speaking on the deployment of the warship, HMS Trent’s commanding officer, Tim Langford, said the visit is an opportunity for the UK navy to work with their Nigerian counterparts.

“The Royal Navy has a long history of engagement within the region and an enduring partnership with the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” Langford said.

“This is an opportunity for the Royal Navy and the Nigerian Navy to work together in order for us to identify possible solutions in the maritime environment and counter insecurity on the high seas.

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“We are together to understand the lessons that all nations have identified individually and share the lessons with each other.”

On his part, Jonny Baxter, UK deputy high commissioner in Lagos, said a secure environment will support trade, investments, and prosperity between the two countries.

“Nigeria is an important and valued defense partner for the UK in West Africa,” Baxter said.

“Our two countries face many shared threats, and we are keen to work with Nigeria to defeat these and to help improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.”

In 2021, the warship was in Lagos to “conduct maritime security patrols as well as support partner navies” in West Africa.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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