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Coast Guard Cutter Bear Kicks off 6th Fleet Deployment

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Story Number: NNS050607-16
Release Date: 6/7/2005 3:31:00 PM

From Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Approximately 100 Coast Guardsmen aboard USCGC Bear (WMEC 901) began their 2005 deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation May 22.

The ship and crew will take part in a variety of Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) engagements primarily focused in the North Africa and Gulf of Guinea areas. TSC efforts are designed to foster mutual commitments to regional stability, advance multinational interoperability, and deter potential adversaries.

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. J. Boomer Stufflebeem says the deployment is another example of the continued development of effects-based operations in theater.

“We must continually evaluate our approach to fighting the global war on terrorism to ensure we’re actually achieving our desired goals,” Stufflebeem explained.

“Determining the most effective methods to accomplish those goals, or the effects we hope to observe, is an ongoing process, and Bear’s deployment to our AOR (area of responsibility) is a great example of the non-traditional approaches we must consider.”

This deployment is similar in nature to the recently-completed USS Emory S. Land’s deployment to the Gulf of Guinea region, and regularly-scheduled West African Training Cruises (WATC), conducted since 1978.

The time that USCGC Bear will spend in the Gulf of Guinea region is a direct result of the 2004 Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security Conference held in Naples, Italy, in October. The conference addressed regional common interests, challenges, and threats for the 17 navies that participated. Nation participants included Nigeria, Gabon, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Benin, and Sao Tome and Principe – all participants in the Naples conference.

USCGC Bear is homeported in Portsmouth, Va.


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