Exercise Obangame Express
Host Location: Gulf of Guinea
Summary: Exercise Obangame Express, led by US Naval Forces Africa (NAVFORAF), is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. It focuses on maritime interdiction operation, as well as visit, board, search, and seizure techniques. Obangame Express, which began in 2011, was part of the larger Express Series exercises, designed to test skills obtained from participating in bilateral and Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative. Obangame Express was connected specifically with the APS West initiative.
Annual Obangame Express engagements could occur in various locations Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, sometimes concurrently. Exercises were coordinated with shore-based operations centers as well and could also include ashore events such as conferences.
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