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160315-N-ZE250-049 DAKAR, Senegal (March 15, 2016) U.S. Navy and Senegalese navy sailors conduct visit, board, search and seizure training aboard the Senegalese naval vessel PHM Njambuur during Obangame/Saharan Express 2016 (OESE16) in Dakar, Senegal, March 15, 2016. OESE16, one of three African regional express series exercises facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, seeks to increase regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information sharing practices and improve interoperability among participating forces in order to enhance maritime security and regional economic stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)

Obangame Express, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF), 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 operations, as well as visit, board, search, and seizure techniques.

OE19 seeks to assess and improve Gulf of Guinea law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security, inform African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) planning and operations, and shape security force assistance efforts.

OE takes place in the Gulf of Guinea with signatory nations of the Youande Code of Conduct and includes 20 African partners, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Cabo Verde, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bassau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Morrocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, and Togo.