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Obangame comes from the Fang language of southern Cameroon and other parts of Central Africa that means “togetherness”. This year Obangame Express and Saharan Express 2016 (OESE16) are combined so it’s fitting that, as the name implies, we are combining efforts to increase capacity building for more partners across West Africa.
Scheduled to take place from March 14, to March 25, OESE16 will focus specifically on counter-piracy, energy security, counter illegal fishing, and counter illicit trafficking.
Conducted in multiple areas at sea and ashore, this year will also feature search and rescue operations, and advanced medical training. The exercise will include a wide variety of training for all participating forces including at-sea ship boarding and queries, air operations, communication drills, and regional information sharing.
Building relationships, sharing knowledge, working together for the greater good to keep the maritime safe, commerce thriving, and send a message to illicit trade and pirates that ‘Obangame’, (‘Togetherness’) will triumph.
160317-N-GY309-002 DAKAR, Senegal (March17, 2016) Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. James Foggo III give his remarks during the opening ceremony of exercise Obangame/Saharan Express 2016 in Dakar, Senegal, March 17, 2016. Obangame/Saharan Express, one of three African regional express series exercises facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, seeks to increase regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information sharing practices and improve interoperability among participating forces in order to enhance maritime security and regional economic stability. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Adam Cole/Released)