In a bid to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and protect international trade routes, the Nigerian and Indian navies have bolstered their cooperation. As part of this collaboration, the Indian Navy Ship (INS) Sumedha recently arrived in Lagos for a three-day port call.
Indian Defence attaché to Nigeria, Col. Romi Singh Legha, expressed the importance of this visit, highlighting the historical defense cooperation between the two nations. He emphasized that the visit aims to increase interoperability between the navies and enhance anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Guinea.
During the port call, both navies will engage in various training activities, cross-deck visitations, ship exercises, and onboard training to strengthen their joint efforts in maritime security. Col. Romi Singh Legha commended the Nigerian Navy for its success in curbing piracy and other maritime criminal activities in the region over the past two years.
Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Naval Command, also emphasized the significance of such collaborations in enhancing national security and securing the Gulf of Guinea. He noted the long-standing relationship between India and Nigeria, spanning over five decades, and the positive impact of training, support, hardware exchanges, port visits, and joint exercises.
The visit by INS Sumedha is expected to further solidify the security efforts in the Gulf of Guinea, aligning with the shared vision of enhancing maritime security in the region.