Deployed to Africa, USS ‘Woody’ Williams Key Platform to Train, Engage Partners in Piracy Hotspot

Members of a Brazilian Navy Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) team participate in a drill aboard the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB-4) as part of Operation Guinex, Aug. 23, 2021. US Navy Photo

The small, rigid-hulled inflatable boat sped from the Brazilian Navy Frigate BNS Independencia (F-44) last week, taking an armed boarding team to a ship suspected of harboring illicit or piracy activities off western Africa’s coast.

It was just a practice drill, though, for...

Captain & 4 Crew Members Kidnapped !

A Korean captain and four crew members of a fishing boat have been kidnapped in waters off Ghana, in west Africa, a report said Thursday, reports The Korean Herald.

What Happened?

The five crew members of the Atlantic Princess, a tuna boat, were kidnapped on Thursday (local time), according to the report from Dryad Global, a maritime security and intelligence provider.

“The vessel is understood to have been approached by one speedboat with 8 pirates onboard,” it said, adding the incident...

Special report: how Bolloré won control of Ghana’s biggest port

Africa Confidential has published a potentially explosive report on corporate comings and goings at Ghana’s Tema port. It looks at Bolloré Africa Logistics, which is involved in a chain of 18 West African container terminals, and along with partner APM Terminals won a deal to operate the new terminal. But a secret Ghanaian ministerial report on the deal notes a “lack of transparency and ethical discipline”, and it concludes that …

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