Liberia, through the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), has become the newest member of the Multi-national Trans-Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN) – that’s according to the Liberian Ministry of National Defense.
The T-RMN collaboration, which brings together 38 maritime countries including Italy, Australia, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Senegal, Spain, and Germany among others, is an operational network that uses modern technology and naval assets to mitigate threats to maritime safety around the world.
On October 5, 2022, the Accession Agreement was signed between AFL Chief of Staff General Prince Charles Johnson, III, and the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy Admiral Enrico Credendino, witnessed by Maritime Commissioner Lenn Eugene Nagbe in Venice, Italy on the margins of the 13th edition of the Trans-Regional Seapower Symposium.
According to a release from the MOD, Liberia became a member of Trans Regional Maritime Virtual Regional Maritime Traffic Center after a unanimous consensus gathered by the Italian Navy as the technical leading Navy of countries that show significant commitment to broadening the overall Maritime Situational Awareness and strengthening the bonds of collective cooperation globally.
This was as a result of the AFL’s commitment through the Liberia Coast Guard (LCG) to enforce maritime security in the Liberia waters and to partake in national, regional, and global maritime security conferences, seminars, workshops, symposia, and exercises as it relates to protecting the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).
The event was a note of Accession signified, that the Liberia Coast Guard (LCG) and the Liberia Maritime Authority will enhance their ability to monitor the country’s vast territorial waters and boost maritime security.
On behalf of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Liberia Coast Guard, and the Liberia Maritime Authority, AFL Chief of Staff – Maj/General Johnson commended the Italian Navy for its leadership in providing the proper mechanism to address some of the challenges the world is facing.
General Johnson stressed the need for multilateral agreements and cooperation which are necessary due to the large traffic in the ocean that a single nation cannot monitor.
“Through Partnership, we can mitigate challenges” General Johnson.
For his part, Commissioner Nagbe said “Liberia’s participation will greatly enhance maritime security in its territorial waters and the Gulf of Guinea which is currently plagued by piracy and other transnational crime. Criminal activities in the Gulf of Guinea pose a significant threat to lives and global trade. This global program will be a long way to curtail the threat”.
Also speaking after the signing, Admiral Credendino said Liberia is an important and critical addition to its strategic location, its position as a major flag and port state. “By joining T-RMN, Liberia has completed a key part of the link”, he said.