The Type-23 frigate HMS Lancaster arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday to provide an opportunity for the crew to train with the Nigerian armed forces and confirm Britain’s support for the country in it’s fight against Boko Haram. The ship has the first frontline Wildcat helicopter deployed aboard.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul T Arkwright, said in a statement;
The visit of HMS Lancaster is a signal of our commitment to Nigeria and Nigeria’s military forces as they face security challenges. The U.K. government is firmly committed to supporting President Buhari’s government and prioritizes across the board, in particular when it comes to scarcity.
As well as conducting training the ship was also host to Nigeria’s security top brass on Wednesday night including a representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral OC Medani, the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command Rear Admiral Osondu, representatives of the Army Headquarters, the Nigerian Police and National Security and Civil Defence corps.
HMS Lancaster will depart Lagos harbour tomorrow for an exercise at sea with the Nigerian Navy before returning to its normal Atlantic patrol.