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Cutter Dallas Supports 6th Fleet In Africa Partnership Station

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080612-18
Release Date: 6/12/2008 3:17:00 PM

By Lt. Rob Wyman, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) departed Charleston, S.C., May 27, for a four-and-a-half month deployment to conduct maritime safety and security exchanges with countries along the central and west coasts of Africa, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

Under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Dallas will support the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet by serving as the primary Africa Partnership Station platform to conduct activities that bolster maritime safety and security. This is part of an ongoing support mission made up of multinational governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.

These agencies and organizations respond to requests from African governments to provide focused multinational/organizational collaboration on a regional scale. The goal of the Africa Partnership Station is to help African nations improve their own economic security and stability thus, enhancing maritime security and stability throughout the world.

Following the visits to Africa, Dallas will make numerous port calls in the Mediterranean and Black seas.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, visit www.navy.mil/local/naveur/.

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