Nearly Defenseless MCDVs in Dangerous African Waters

HMC Ships Kingston and Shawinigan, both Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs), are set to arrive in Abidjan 23 February after a stop in an unannounced stop in Senegal on the 18th. The ships departed from Halifax in January 2019 and have now completed their trans-Atlantic crossing, arriving in the Gulf of Guinea region of West Africa to conduct Operation PROJECTION West Africa. Their deployment will include engagements with West African nations to build partner capacity, promote maritime security, and foster relationships in the Gulf of Guinea region by conducting stakeholder…

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Exchange officer from the Ivory Coast Navy gains a new RCN family

By LT Linda Coleman RCN Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean is routine for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), but for many African nations, it’s a rare occurrence. So for Sub-Lieutenant Lassina Traoré, a member of the Ivory Coast Navy, to spend five weeks sailing in HMCS Summerside to West Africa was a pretty big deal. “I am most likely the person who has traveled the most nautical miles in my navy,” said SLt Traoré upon conclusion of his time in Summerside. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to sail…

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