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Forrest Sherman Sailors Train with Tanzanians

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Story Number: NNS070914-05
Release Date: 9/14/2007 12:24:00 PM


By Gillian Brigham, Commander, U.S. Naval Force Europe Public Affairs

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) pulled into Dar es Salaam, Sept. 5, as the first U.S. Navy ship to visit the country in more than 40 years.

Sailing as part of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa’s newly established Southeast Africa Task Group CTG 60.5, Forrest Sherman is in the region to build partnerships and promote maritime safety and security initiatives.

“Strong maritime partnerships are vital to the security of a region and, ultimately, to its stability and economic development,” said CTG 60.5 Commander, Capt. Nicholas H. Holman, addressing a group of diplomats and Tanzanian government and military officials, including the Tanzanian chief of naval operations Brig. Gen. Said Omar, at a reception on the ship’s flight deck. “Peaceful, secure and prosperous seas are in everyone’s best interest. We look forward to building a strong partnership with Tanzania and working together to achieve this very important goal.”

During the visit thus far, Forrest Sherman Sailors have trained with Tanzanian military personnel aboard ship and at the country’s Maritime Institute, demonstrating damage control, force protection and basic first aid techniques.

“We’re interacting and they’re asking a lot of questions,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Jenny Staggs, who showed Tanzanian sailors how to treat a sucking chest wound and compound fractures. “It’s going well.”

Forrest Sherman Sailors also played Tanzanian People’s Defense Force personnel in a soccer match and a volleyball game and have hosted ship tours for local high school students, Tanzanian Defense Force staff and embassy personnel.

Additionally, Topside, a Navy rock band assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa performed for more than 2,000 students at a local high school.

“We are delighted you’re here,” said Lt. Gen. D.A. Mwamunyange, the Tanzania People’s Defense Force chief of staff, welcoming Holman and Forrest Sherman’s commanding officer Cmdr. Dean Vesely, to Tanzania. “The world is a global village and we all need to operate more closely. Ultimately, it is in our mutual interest to confront maritime security threats together.”

Forrest Sherman left her homeport in Norfolk July 9, and operated in the Black Sea before sailing to Tanzania. While assigned to CTG 60.5, the ship will continue to operate in Southeast Africa, working to strengthen regional maritime partnerships.

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