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Direction Gulf of Guinea for the Godetia

(credit: Belgian Ministry of Defence)

(BRUXELLES2) The command and logistic support vessel Godetia set sail for the Gulf of Guinea this Sunday (March 23). Objective: provide training in the fight against piracy, drug trafficking and illegal fishing to sailors and coast guards from six West African countries (Morocco, Gabon, Benin, Togo, DR Congo and Congo Brazaville ). “ We will give theoretical courses always having a practical aspect » explains Lieutenant Commander Luc Desanghere. The crew includes 90 sailors and around fifteen instructors. A training campaign called “Maritime Capacity Building 2014” carried out as part of the Africa Partnership Station, an American initiative to strengthen maritime security around Africa. Return planned for Zeebrugge on June 20. Note: the Godetia also transports 250 cubic meters of basic necessities including medical equipment for hospitals located in Gambia, Gabon, Benin and the two Congolese territories.

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).