HMS Trent heads for West Africa to support maritime security

HMS Trent has deployed to West Africa to support maritime security in the region. The patrol shop will be visiting Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia and Cape Verde and conducting patrols, as well as helping partner navies to build capacity through training.

The vessel will be taking part in French-led multinational training exercises that will be bring together international partners in the region as part of Exercise Grand African Nemo. The training is designed to help allies develop key maritime skills and develop their plans for future operations.

It is the first Royal Navy vessel to operate in the area for three years.

British Armed Forces Minster James Heappey said: “This deployment shows the Integrated Review in action. It demonstrates how a truly Global Britain is stepping up on the world stage to tackle shared international security challenges.

“Working hand-in-hand with our allies we are utilising our forward deployed Armed Forces to tackle threats at the source, making the world a safer place for all.”

Onboard HMS Trent is a contingent of Royal Marines from 42 Commando, who will be involved in boosting skills such as boarding and search of suspicious vessels as well as evidence handling and medical skills. The team of 42 Commando are well placed to advise on these matters as it is expert in boarding operations that help fight against illegal activity like piracy, drug smuggling and terrorism.

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