US Army Forces, Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service hold joint training


Twenty-five officers of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service, on Thursday, completed a five-week Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) alongside a team of United States Army Special Forces.

The American military trainers and the Nigerian Navy​ special operations forces trained together on a broad range of land-based skills and tactics, such as countering improvised explosive devises (IEDs).

The exercise is part of a series of U.S. engagements with the Nigerian military that provide opportunities for the elite units to work together, learn from each other, and strengthen relationships.

At the closing ceremony in Lagos, Acting U.S. Consulate Political and Economic Chief Merrica Heaton noted that America works closely with the Nigerian military to provide technical assistance, equipment, and professional exchange and training.

She said the JCET is part of decades of partnership between the United States and Nigeria to strengthen defense ties and promote regional security.

“The United States Mission to Nigeria is a steadfast partner – helping combat maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea, counter violent extremists in the Northeast, and enforce the rule of law throughout the region,” Heaton said.