Local media in Cote d’Ivoire report that the country has just taken delivery of a new warship.
The vessel apparently arrived on Monday and is the first of three ships ordered by President Alassane Quattara from France. The ship is intended to protect the country’s territorial waters from the threat of piracy and has been named “Emergence”. The second ship is due to arrive in October this year with the third scheduled for March 2015.
In January, Reuters reported that the country’s navy was adding up to 40 new vessels to combat the growing threat of piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea. The article quoted Defence Minister Paul Koffi Koffi as saying, “These vessels will provide security on our rivers, the lagoon and at sea,” Defence Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said. “They will fight piracy, infiltration and illicit trafficking and will be managed by the navy.”