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Gulf of Guinea: Italian Frigate Joins Ghana to Struggle Against Piracy

Gulf of Guinea: Italian Frigate Joins Ghana to Struggle Against Piracy
  • PublishedApril 23, 2021
Piracy in GoG

Italian navy takes seriously piracy threat in the Gulf of Guinea.

On april 2021, the Italian frigate docked at the port of Tema, Ghana, in order to conduct a training program for 187 Ghanaian soldiers. Night exercise and patrol surveillance were conducted.

The aim of these serials is to support Ghanaian counter-piracy efforts to deal in an area where incidents dramatically increase.

Ghana actively participates in regional efforts to ensure maritime security with the Obangame Express 2021 (OE21) exercise, organized by the U.S Naval Forces Africa.

The OE21 exercise, with more than 200 participants from 33 countries, was designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of participating nations to counter sea-based illicit activity.

Piracy along Ghanaian coast is a threat especially for the region around Takoradi, the third largest city in Ghana with more than 445 000 inhabitants, and one major passage for ships transiting through the Gulf of Guinea.

The last event took place on march 11th 2021, when four pirates tried to board on an anchored drill ship. The alert team called local port authorities which sent a patrol team. Thanks to this reaction and readiness, no one was injured and nothing was stolen.

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