CDR (PRT-N) Ricardo Lopes

CDR (PRT-N) Ricardo Lopes

  • Cell Head – Sub Saharan Africa in the Civil-Military Engagement and Coordination Section

A Surface Warfare Officer with extensive sea-going experience! While on board ships, he had the opportunity to command at sea and experience several integrations within the Standing NATO Naval Forces. He was also a staff officer for the PRT Maritime Force HQ (PRTMARFOR) and CTF 465 / EUNAVFOR FHQ during EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta.
During his onshore duty, he worked with National Staff and for the Naval Striking and Support Force NATO (STRIKFORNATO).
His current responsibility at NATO STRATEGIC DIRECTION – SOUTH HUB, as Cell head for Sub- Saharan Africa in the CIV-MIL Engagement and Coordination Section, is to identify and engage with potentially knowledgeable or influential people and organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa and enable NATO colleagues to make the best use of their advice.
He also acts as a Maritime Security SME inside the HUB.


  • Maritime Border Challenges

    Securing maritime borders is one of the most challenging problems facing border and associated agencies. Tens of thousands of kilometres of coastline. Thousands of secluded bays and river estuaries and inlets. Islands, islets, cliffs, beaches, marshlands and mangrove swamps. Busy ports and harbours. Numerous commercial and pleasure craft coming and going in conditions that can be anything from flat calm to gale force. Add to this the unseen; submersibles, semi-submersibles, scuba divers and underwater caches. Given the favourable conditions for criminal enterprise, no wonder smuggling is one of the oldest criminal activities. How do you secure your coasts and tackle the multitude of ingress and egress points and ensure that our coasts and maritime borders are as secure as they can be?