Security Patrols in the Gulf of Guinea by UK Royal Navy
For the first time in three years, the British Royal Navy will be stationed in the Gulf of Guinea.
Taking note of the 32% of the worlds piracy events occurring in a region where £6 billion of UK trade occurs every year, having the Royal Navy step in to provide security patrols for their West African allies is beneficial.
The HMS Trent will be deployed to the region containing 17 members of the Royal Marines’ 42 Commando unit aboard who specialize in drug smuggling, terrorism and other illegal activity operations.
HMS Trent’s Commanding Officer, Commander Tom Knott, said “We are extremely proud and excited to commence this deployment to what is an exciting new region for HMS Trent,” He continued, “We are looking forward to working with regional partners and also engaging with local communities in an effort to strengthen security.”