Royal Navy Warship, HMS Trent, Arrives in Lagos, Nigeria to Boost Maritime Security
In a strong commitment to regional stability and maritime security, HMS Trent, a Royal Navy warship, visits Nigeria for the second time. This visit is part of an ongoing mission to combat piracy and illicit trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea.
The British High Commission’s statement highlights HMS Trent’s role in capacity training and supporting maritime security initiatives in Lagos. The ship, equipped with a skilled UK Royal Marines boarding team and a Puma surveillance drone, departed from Gibraltar.
HMS Trent’s mission prioritizes assisting West African allies in countering illegal activities at sea and enhancing Gulf of Guinea stability. It involves forging stronger ties, sharing knowledge, and conducting security patrols.
Commander Tim Langford, HMS Trent’s Commanding Officer, expresses enthusiasm for collaborating with Nigerian counterparts, building on relationships established during the ship’s 2021 visit.
UK Deputy High Commissioner Jonny Baxter underscores Nigeria’s importance as a valued defense partner in West Africa, addressing shared security challenges. This collaboration aims to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
HMS Trent’s presence in Lagos reinforces the UK’s dedication to peace, security, and cooperation in the region. Protecting vital interests and ensuring Gulf of Guinea safety align with global efforts to address maritime security challenges. This partnership exemplifies the commitment to a safer maritime environment.