HMS Lancaster trains Nigerian Navy during visit

Board-and-search training by the world’s best was given to members of the Nigerian Navy as HMS Lancaster visited Lagos.

The ship’s Royal Marines Boarding Team of S Squadron 43 Commando, accompanied by the US Marine Corps team, held the training for 48 members of the Nigerian Navy at the Joint Maritime and Surveillance Training Centre.

The focus of the three-day package was Patrolling and Fire and Manoeuvre tactics which took place in the thick Mangrove forests that surround the Joint Maritime Security Training Centre. The day also coincided with the Royal Marine Corps 351st birthday.

“Working with the Nigerian Navy has been a great opportunity and over the package we have seen a real enthusiasm to learn from those we have worked with,” said Marine Matthew Chase.

“The arduous weather conditions and complex environment provided by the Nigerian terrain makes at an ideal training area,” added Captain Harry Mallalieu. 

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our time working in this fascinating part of the world and it has been a fitting way to mark the Corps birthday.”

It was a great honour to visit Lagos and to further strengthen our long relationship with the Nigerian Navy

Commander Peter Laughton, Commanding Officer of HMS Lancaster

The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate also delivered a number of other training packages, including seamanship, sea boat maintenance, damage control, fire-fighting, marine engineering and logistics.

Commanding Officer of HMS Lancaster Commander Peter Laughton said: “It was a great honour to visit Lagos and to further strengthen our long relationship with the Nigerian Navy. 

"We were made to feel extremely welcome and I am delighted with how much has been achieved during a rightfully ambitious and demanding programme.

“Without doubt, the highlight was operating at sea alongside the Nigerian Ship Prosperity. It afforded a rare opportunity for us to further cement our close ties.” 

During HMS Lancaster’s stay the ship’s company hosted the British High Commissioner and the Deputy Premier as well as local dignitaries for a reception and capability tour. 

The evening ended with the Royal Navy’s traditional ceremonial sunset.

HMS Lancaster concluded the visit by sailing past the Nigerian Ship NNS Prosperity. This also gave the boarding teams from both ships the opportunity to run a reciprocal boarding exercise against the other vessel.

HMS Lancaster continues her nine deployment with further stops in West Africa before returning back to the UK in December.