- The HMS Trent, a Royal Navy warship of the United Kingdom, has reportedly arrived in Lagos State, Nigeria
- The British High Commission in Lagos State confirmed this development in a statement issued on Sunday, September 10
- According to Jonny Baxter, the UK Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, the warship's arrival is to combat maritime crimes within the region
The United Kingdom's Royal Navy warship, HMS Trent, has arrived in Lagos State to help combat illegal activities like piracy and illicit trafficking.
As reported by Punch, the warship arrived on Sunday, September 10, as contained in a statement issued by the British High Commission.
The British High Commission said the arrival of the HMS Trent was solely to boost capacity training and support regional maritime security.
It was gathered that the warship departed Gibraltar for Nigeria with a team of UK Royal Marines and a Puma surveillance drone.
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The UK High Commission said:
“HMS Trent’s mission is to support West African allies helping countries to develop capability to fight illegal crimes at sea and ensure they can play an effective role in bringing stability to wider West Africa.
“With around £6 billion of UK trade passing through the region, part of Trent’s tasking is to support stability across the Gulf of Guinea through training to help partner navies take the fight to criminal actors, fostering ties and sharing knowledge, whilst conducting patrols to increase security.”
HMS Trent warship and Nigerian Armed Force
It was also confirmed that the HMS Trent warship has a long history of engagement within the region and an enduring partnership with the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
The Commanding Officer, Commander Tim Langford, said:
"My team are really looking forward to the opportunity to work with their Nigerian counterparts and build on the relationships established when we visited Lagos in 2021.”
The UK Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Jonny Baxter labelled Nigeria as an " important and valued defence partner for the UK in West Africa."
"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.”
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