Exercise Obangame Express 2023, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, will take place during January 23 to February 3, 2023, in the vicinity of Angola, Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria. Through Obangame Express 23, U.S. forces work alongside 33 participating nations to improve combined maritime law enforcement capacity, promote national and regional security in Western Africa, and increase interoperability between the U.S., African, and multinational partners. The U.S. routinely exercises with partners in Africa to build enduring relationships and combined capacity to ensure the safety and security of the regional maritime environment.
Participating nations in Obangame Express 2023 include Angola, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Gabon, The Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Italy, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Togo, and the United States. Also participating will be the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).