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Site Visit and Operation Obangame Express: Monday, 27 March 2017

8:00 AM - AM

Join us on the 27 March where attendees of the site visit will get the chance to see the inner workings of the Ghana Armed Forces first hand!

Delegates for the site visit will be picked up from their hotel venue and taken first to Accra Airbase, where they will havethe chance to see the aircraft ofthe Ghana Air Force, including Ghana’s maritime patrol aircraft, whilst being accompanied by members of the armed forces.

Following the visit to the air base, delegates will be transported to Tema Naval Base, the home of the Ghana Navy’s Eastern Naval command. There delegates will be guided around the facilities by members of the Ghana Navy, where they will have the chance to see for themselves the
surveillance facilities, as well as a selection of the vessels at the dockyard.

In addition to the above, the site visit will also coincide with the 2017 edition of Operation Obangame Express. Conducted by U.S. Naval
Forces Africa (NAVAF), Operation Obangame Express is an atsea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. It focuses on maritime interdiction operations, as well as visit, board, search, and seizure techniques.

Obangame Express 2017 seeks to assess and improve Gulf of Guinea law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security, inform African maritime law enforcement partnership (AMLEP) planning and operations, and shape security force assistance (SFA) efforts.

OE takes place in the Gulf of Guinea with signatory nations of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct and includes 20 African partners, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Cabo Verde, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Equatorial Guinea,
Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome and Principe, and Togo.