UNODC Supporting The Operationalization of ECOWAS Maritime Zone E 

With funding from the Government of Denmark, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC) Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) supported the maiden joint exercise for Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWFS) maritime Zone E Member States to operationalize the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Chiefs of Navies/Coastguards of Benin, Nigeria and Togo.

The joint exercise was conducted from 22 to 24 November 2021 within the common maritime borders of mentioned three countries, and involved the deployment of surface assets from the three respective navies.

The patrol vessels embarked personnel from the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) and Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) Teams.