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Forrest Sherman First Navy Ship to Visit Mozambique in More Than 30 Years

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070917-11
Release Date: 9/17/2007 3:20:00 PM

By Gillian Brigham, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe

MAPUTO, Mozambique (NNS) -- Guided missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) arrived in Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo on Sept. 17.

This is the first visit by a U.S. Navy ship to the Southeast African country in 33 years. Forrest Sherman has been sailing in the region since the beginning of September, re-introducing the U.S. Navy to countries who have not hosted an American warship in more than three decades. The destroyer is carrying out this mission as a part of Commander, Task Group 60.5 (CTG 60.5). CTG 60.5 is the Navy’s new Southeast Africa Task Group, responsible for building partnerships in the region and promoting maritime security initiatives.

While in Maputo, Forrest Sherman Sailors will provide training for 50 Mozambiquen military personnel in damage control, first aid and basic, small-boat operations. Specifically, the Mozambiquens will receive small boat coxswain, engineering and maintenance training as well as instruction on maritime interdiction and visit, board, search and seizure tactics.

Another group of Sailors will be working at the Chiango Orphanage clearing fields, planting a vegetable garden and installing a much-needed water pump. The Navy Europe-Africa band, “Topside,” will also be out in the community, playing for a number of local high schools and youth shelters.

“This is an exciting time for the Navy and for the Sailors of USS Forrest Sherman,” said Capt. Nicholas H. Holman, commander, CTG 60.5. “It is an honor to represent the U.S. Navy to these countries and to forge new paths of cooperation with them in confronting maritime security threats that adversely affect the stability and economic development of the region. We are thankful to have Mozambique as a partner and look forward to our future collaboration with them in these endeavors.”

Forrest Sherman left her homeport of Norfolk on July 9 and operated in the Black Sea before sailing to Southeast Africa in September. While assigned to CTG 60.5, the ship will continue to operate in Southeast Africa, working to strengthen regional maritime partnerships to promote long-term stability and economic development in the region.

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