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Samuel B. Roberts Arrives in Lagos, Nigeria

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100210-03
Release Date: 2/10/2010 1:15:00 PM

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

LAGOS, Nigeria (NNS) -- USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) pulled into Lagos, Nigeria, to conduct a series of military-to-military interactions, theater security cooperation engagements and community relations (COMREL) projects Feb. 10.

While in port, crew members of the Samuel B. Roberts are scheduled to host tours and a reception, as well as participate in meetings designed to further the maritime relationship between both nations' navies.

Cmdr. Chuck Sellers, commanding officer of Samuel B. Roberts, will meet with the Flag Officer Commanding, Chief of Naval Staff Vice, Adm. Lshaya Iko Ibrahim and Flag Officer Commanding, Nigerian Naval Training Command, Rear Adm. Ekwere U. Ekwere.

"We are excited about coming to Lagos and operating with the Nigerian Naval professionals," said Sellers.

Samuel B. Roberts will provide military-to-military training in basic damage control, first aid, anti-terrorism force protection, non-lethal weapons, visual communications and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS). At-sea training between Samuel B. Roberts and the Nigerian Navy will include tactics, visual communications, emissions control drills, VBSS and search and rescue training.

Simultaneously, many Sailors will participate in COMRELs at Lion's Village Orphanage, as well as donate to Project Handclasp hygiene and recreation. The crew will also join in soccer and a volleyball games with the Nigerian teams to build up relations, morale and camaraderie.

Samuel B. Roberts, a guided-missile Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, is homeported in Naval Station Mayport, Fla., and is currently on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

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