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Third and final OPV 58S offshore patrol vessel delivered to Senegal

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French shipyard Pirou has delivered the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Cayor to Senegal’s Navy, marking the end of the construction programme for the West...

Second OPV 58S offshore patrol vessel arrives in Senegal

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The Senegalese Navy’s second of three new OPV 58S offshore patrol vessels has arrived home after a delivery voyage from France. The Niani arrived at...

Second Piriou offshore patrol vessel delivered to Senegal

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French shipyard Piriou has delivered the offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Niani to Senegal’s military, the second of three for the West African nation. The shipyard...

Second Africa Air Force Forum kicks off in Senegal

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The second Africa Air Force Forum, hosted by the Senegalese Air Force, kicked off on Wednesday 25 October in Dakar, Senegal, bringing together Air...

Senegal gearing up for second Africa Air Force Forum

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The Senegalese Air Force is getting ready to host the second Africa Air Force Forum later this month, gathering Air Force Chiefs of Staff,...

Second Senegalese OPV 58S undergoing sea trials

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French shipyard Piriou is carrying out sea trials of the Niani, the second of three OPV 58S patrol vessels destined for Senegal, indicating delivery...

Internet shutdowns: here’s how governments do it

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Senegal’s government has shut down internet access in response to protests about the sentencing of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. This is a tactic governments...

Senegal: behind the protests is a fight for democratic freedoms

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In a late evening announcement on 3 July, President Macky Sall put an end to speculations that he would seek a third term in...

Piriou hands over first OPV 58S patrol vessel to Senegal

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French shipyard Piriou has handed over the first of three OPV 58S patrol vessels to Senegal’s Navy as part of a contract signed in...

Senegal reveals new military hardware during independence day parade

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Senegal’s armed forces have revealed the acquisition of new military hardware during the country’s independence day parade – the first to take place since...

Senegal takes delivery of second C295

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Senegal’s Armed Forces have just taken delivery of a second and final C295 transport aircraft from Airbus, eight months after receiving the first. The new...

Peace proves elusive in Casamance as trafficking fuels violence

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The war-weary people of Casamance are desperate for peace, but timber and cannabis trafficking continue to fuel conflict. An agreement signed in August 2022 between...

US Coast Guard vessel Spencer arrives in Togo

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The US Coast Guard’s Famous-class medium endurance cutter Spencer has arrived in Lome, Togo, following a stop in Dakar whilst on a scheduled deployment...

Eight African nations attend Africa Partnership Flight 2022

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Eight African nations came together to participate in the 2022 African Partner Flight co-hosted by the Tunisian air force and US Air Forces Africa...

Inaugural Africa Air Force Forum wraps up in Senegal

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The first Africa Air Force Forum has concluded in Senegal after 300 attendees from 40 nations came together for two days to address the...

BIRD Aerosystems to showcase special mission aircraft solutions at Africa Air...

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Israeli company BIRD Aerosystems will be showcasing its airborne surveillance and aircraft self-protection solutions at the inaugural Africa Air Force Forum in Senegal later...

First Africa Air Force Forum in Senegal

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Senegal’s Dakar will later this month (October) host the inaugural Africa Air Force Forum (AAFF) with countering asymmetrical continental threats by way of enhanced...

Second OPV 58S offshore patrol vessel for Senegal launched

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France’s Piriou has launched the second of three OPV 58S patrol vessels ordered by Senegal, five months after the first was floated out. Piriou said...

KAI continues to support Senegal’s KA-1S fleet

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After supplying four KA-1 turboprops to Senegal’s Air Force, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) continues to provide support to the fleet two years later. KAI reported...

Senegal takes delivery of first C295 transport

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Senegal has become the latest African country to receive Airbus C295 aircraft, taking delivery of the first of two transports on 28 July. Senegal’s Armed...

Senegal receives new military hardware, including Puma M36 APCs

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Senegal’s armed forces have taken delivery of a batch of new military hardware, including Puma M36 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) as the country continues...

Senegal orders 105 mm howitzers from Nexter

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Nexter has been contracted to supply LG1 105 mm towed howitzers to Senegal in the first direct sale between Senegal’s military and the French company. Next...

US, Senegalese aviators conduct exchange

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The Vermont Army National Guard and Senegalese Air Force took part in an aviation exchange as part of the State Partnership Programme between 13...

Piriou launches first OPV 58S for Senegal

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French shipyard Piriou has launched the first OPV 58S offshore patrol vessel for Senegal’s Navy, the Walo. The vessel was floated out at Piriou’s facilities...

Simmering Casamance could be on a path to peace

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The sleepy forests and villages of the Foni Kansala district in The Gambia erupted January 24 as Soldiers chased a truck filled with timber. What...

ISS: Senegal’s ambitious goals for its African Union presidency

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At the February African Union (AU) summit, President Macky Sall was sworn in as rotating chair of the continental body for 2022. The priorities...

Second Senegalese OPV 58S floated out

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French shipyard Piriou has floated out the second OPV 58S offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for Senegal’s Navy, and is now fitting it out. The vessel...

ISS: Preventing violent extremism in south-eastern Senegal

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Despite being in a region where terrorism is a serious threat, Senegal has not officially recorded a single terrorist attack. However for two years...

Massive cocaine bust off Senegal

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Senegal seized more than two tons of pure cocaine from a ship off its Atlantic coast, the navy said, in the West African country’s...

Training readies Senegal for regional emergency response role

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The United States Defence Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA’s) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Security Cooperation Engagement Programme concluded a 6-year cooperative Chemical, Biological, Radiological,...

Former Chad strongman Habre, convicted of war crimes, dies of COVID-19...

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Hissene Habre, the former strongman president of Chad and security ally of the West during the Cold War who was later jailed for war...

Senegalese Navy intercepts drug trafficking ship

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Senegal’s Navy has intercepted and seized a ship 240 km off its coastline that was found to be transporting a large quantity of hashish. In...

Senegalese navy seizes 8 tonnes of cannabis resin from boat

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The Senegalese navy on Sunday intercepted a boat smuggling over 8 tonnes of cannabis resin through the waters off the West African nation's coast,...

France’s Ufast delivers patrol boat Taouay to Senegal

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France’s Ufast shipyard has handed over the 33 metre long RPB 33 patrol boat Taouay to Senegal’s Navy. It was formally transferred in a ceremony...

Senegalese CN235 arrives home

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The Senegalese Air Force’s newest CN235 has arrived home after flying from the PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) factory in Indonesia. The aircraft arrived in Dakar...

ISS: ‘Electoral reforms’ are stifling democracy in West Africa

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Ruling parties are using financial and political barriers to prevent their opponents from running for office. In the past two years, several West African countries...

French Falcon 50 helps intercept illegal fishing vessel off Senegal

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The crew of a French Falcon 50M maritime surveillance aircraft helped intercept an illegal fishing vessel off the coast of Senegal. On 18 March, the...

PTDI hands over CN235 to Senegal

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PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI – Indonesian Aerospace) has handed over a CN235 aircraft to Senegal, which will use it for maritime patrol. On 18 March,...

ISS: Senegal’s political turbulence reveals a justice system in crisis

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Will the country’s leaders take this opportunity to restore confidence in Senegal’s democratic institutions? On 3 March, Ousmane Sonko, one of Senegal’s main opposition leaders,...

The Past Week in Defence #43 (1 March – 7 March...

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, France’s UFAST launches a Senegalese patrol boat, De Haas interceptors are delivered to Nigeria, Gazelle helicopters are...

Explainer: Why protests are shaking one of Africa’s most stable democracies

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Clashes between police and thousands of demonstrators protesting at the detention of Senegal’s most prominent opposition leader have killed at least five people since...

Released Senegal opposition leader calls for more protests

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Senegal opposition leader Ousmane Sonko called on Monday for more protests against President Macky Sall after being indicted and released on bail over a...

Senegal shuts schools amid violent unrest

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Schools in Senegal will shut until 15 March, the education ministry said on Sunday, after days of violent protests that have paralysed parts of...

Senegal opposition leader arrested as supporters clash with police

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Senegal’s main opposition leader, Ousmane Sonko, was arrested on Wednesday after hundreds of his supporters clashed with police in the capital while protesting against...

France’s UFAST launches Senegalese patrol boat

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France’s UFAST shipyard has launched a 33 metre patrol boat for Senegal, with delivery scheduled for the end of March. The vessel, named Taouay, was...

Three teens charged with murder in Denver fire that killed five...

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Two of three teenage boys will be tried as adults for charges of murder and arson in a Denver house fire that killed five...

Israel Shipyards delivers last two Shaldag Fast Patrol boats to Senegal

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Israel Shipyards has confirmed the delivery of the last two of four Shaldag fast patrol boats to fulfil an order from the Senegalese Navy. The...

Senegal to receive more Epsilon trainers from France

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Senegal’s Air Force will next year take delivery of another three TB-30 Epsilon piston-engine trainers from France, while Togo is returning its two aircraft...

PTDI preparing to deliver another CN235 to Senegal

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PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) will soon deliver another CN235 aircraft to Senegal, which will use it for maritime patrol. PTDI on 8 December posted photos...

Spain to send more police to Senegal to curb illegal migration,...

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Spain will increase its police presence in Senegal to tackle criminal networks behind an upsurge in illegal migration from the West African coast to...