US donates maritime surveillance equipment to Nigerian Navy

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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11 (THEWILL) — The United States has donated more than $180,000 worth of equipment to enhance the anti-piracy and boating safety functions of the regional maritime awareness capability ( RMAC) of the country.

A statement issued Friday by the US Consulate in Lagos said the donation included a selection of the best sensors and radars, communications and networking equipment, thermal cameras and software, which were integrated to improve the capability of NN to track and counter marine threats through its RMAC.

According to the Consulate, the equipment was handed over to the Navy by Consul General Claire Pierangelo in a ceremony held at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT.

The consulate said, “The United States is committed to supporting the Nigerian Navy in its efforts to secure not only your territorial waters, but also the greater Gulf of Guinea. The equipment we have here today is part of the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) which began in 2006, aimed at enhancing the ability of the Nigerian Navy to monitor and respond to various maritime threats in your waters and in the Gulf of Guinea.

“We have previously transferred two former US Coast Guardsmen to the Nigerian Navy, now known as NNS OKPABANA and NNS THUNDER, who are proving to be key components of your counter-piracy and maritime security efforts.”

Receiving the equipment, Naval Command Western Chief of Staff (CSO), Rear Admiral Tanko Pani, highlighted the long-standing security cooperation between the United States and Nigeria. , highlighting its impact on the navy’s maritime defense capabilities.

“It is pertinent to state that the introduction of the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability facilities in the Nigerian Navy has greatly enhanced our maritime policing efforts through intelligence gathering patrols.

“We are indeed delighted and grateful for the continued support of the United States,” he said.
The Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) was developed in 2006 to enhance the maritime domain awareness capability of US partners.

In West Africa, it is present in Sao Tomé/Principe, Nigeria, Gabon, Togo, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone.

The Nigerian RMAC became fully operational in 2008. It has 5 radar sites located in Badagry, Lagos, Formoso, Bonny and Ibaka, as well as operations posts in the three regional headquarters in Lagos, Yenagoa, Calabar and Abuja.

The Nigerian RMAC training center, Apapa, was also equipped by the US Navy in 2019.

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