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U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon Views Training Aboard Africa Partnership Station

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Story Number: NNS071209-06
Release Date: 12/9/2007 8:54:00 PM

 

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW/SW) RJ Stratchko, Africa Partnership Station Public Affairs

LIMBE, Cameroon (NNS) -- Her Excellency Janet E. Garvey, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon, visited Africa Partnership Station (APS) aboard Amphibious Dock Landing Ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) Dec. 7, where she viewed the afloat training classes.

APS is an international effort aiming to enhance regional and maritime safety and security in West and Central Africa.

"I think APS is a marvelous program," Garvey said. "We are very delighted that Cameroon is part of APS. It brings a lot of skills that are needed in this part of the world and I think the idea of partnership is most important. We want to work with our African friends to help improve their ability to protect their coastlines."

In keeping with the Navy's Global Maritime Strategy, APS includes African, European and American Sailors all on the same staff, working towards a common goal: Partnership in maritime safety and security.

APS brings an international team of expert trainers in a variety of military competencies, such as small boat handling, engineering, and preventive maintenance, plus a handful of civilian fields such as fisheries management and port security.

"One of the best aspects of APS is the opportunity for African Nationals to meet their counterparts to share experiences training together," Garvey added. "Many of these countries have had the opportunity to send senior officials to Europe or the U.S. but they haven't had the chance to work together and this is what is so wonderful about APS. This, I think, is the future that we all want."

The oceans of the world are a common linking element of global economic interdependency. With 90 percent of the world's commerce transported via the seas, any disruption in that supply chain caused by instability has a direct impact on quality of life for the entire global community.

APS represents an opportunity to help generate a more indigenous, and therefore, more sustainable peace and security on the African continent.

APS 2007 is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-led initiative, executed by a multi-national staff aboard Fort McHenry and High Speed Vessel 2 Swift. Commander Task Group 60.4 and training teams from various U.S. and European military commands, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations are embarked on board Fort McHenry to enhance cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services in West and Central Africa and the Gulf of Guinea on a seven-month deployment.



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