Obangame Express

“Obangame Express is about the motivation of our people to dig into some wicked problems together and unearth ways to make our waters safer,” said Lt. Gen. Kirk Smith, deputy commander, U.S. Africa Command.

Exercise Obangame Express 2022, the largest multinational maritime exercise in Western Africa, concluded its 11th iteration with a closing ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, March 18, 2022.

The exercise featured an in-port training period followed by an at-sea portion that tested the participating ships’ and maritime operation centers’ abilities to conduct maritime interdiction operations. The exercise took place across five zones in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Guinea, stretching from Senegal to Angola and across the Economic Community of West African States and Economic Community of Central African States states. 

The 32 nations participating this year include Angola, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Italy, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Togo, and the United States. Also participating will be the Economic Community of West African States and the Economic Community of Central African States.

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