maritime piracy

Heading West to the Godetia

(BRUXELLES2) The logistics support vessel Godetia (A-960), of the Belgian navy, sets sail from its home port, Zeebrugge, next week (Tuesday February 5). Direction for its 75 crew members: the West African coast. And Lieutenant Commander Luc Desanghere in command. With a mission that has no direct connection with the Malian crisis. It will thus participate in the American-led program “Africa Partnership Station” (APS) to “ honing the skills of African navies ". Led under the leadership of the US Coast Guard, it aims to secure international maritime navigation: piracy and armed robbery, fight against illegal fishing, trafficking in human beings and arms, trafficking in drugs, and other prebends… A more specific program is focused on Benin, the “Maritime Capacity Building Benin” (MCB). A country which is one of the “ privileged partners " from Belgium. The Marine component thus particularly supports the Beninese navy in the development of its maritime capacity. Beninese students will also be taken on board the Godetia for in-depth training in all aspects of maritime security. During the mission, the Godetia will take the opportunity to transport 213 m³ of humanitarian goods to Senegal, Benin, Congo and Gambia. Aid brought together by different NGOs and intended for projects such as hospitals and schools. An identical mission, with its three objectives, took place in 2011. The return is planned for May 9, 2013 (Europe Day).

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).