Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

Spain Donates Patrol Vessel To The Gambia Navy To Enhance Maritime Security.

By Bangura Sessay

President Barrow has commissioned the Spanish-donated Patrol Vessel to The Gambia Navy.

“I am delighted to be here today to officiate over the handing-over ceremony and commissioning of the Fast Patrol Vessel recently added to The Gambia Navy’s Fleet.

“In line with my government’s development agenda and our vision of becoming one of the most prosperous and peaceful nations in the world, we place a high premium on national security. This incorporates maritime security and maritime resource generation and protection.

The high dependence of The Gambia’s economy on the maritime sector and the sector’s enormous potential to contribute to food security and employment generation, make the assurance of effective maritime security imperative. For these reasons, as the lead maritime security agency, The Gambia Navy deserves all the support it needs to effectively carry out its mandate.

“In this regard, despite other pressing demands, my administration will continue to support the Navy to become better equipped and trained not only as a military force at sea, but also as a highly competent Maritime Law Enforcement and Security Service. This is one of the objectives of our Security Sector Reform Programme.

” I thank the Kingdom of Spain for their close and fruitful friendship with The Gambia, and I equally thank the Spanish Guardia Civil for making this occasion a reality. It is worth mentioning that similar support, in the form of operational platforms and training from the Kingdom of Spain to The Gambia, was offered in 2008. Ever since, our cooperation has been gathering momentum, with the Navy training and working with Spain’s Guardia Civil to strengthen sea safety and security.”

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