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Africa Partnership Station West Visits Sao Tome

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110228-18

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Darryl Wood, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

SAO TOME (NNS) -- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) pulled into Sao Tome to begin maritime training with African Partners as part of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) West initiative, Feb. 28.

During the port visit, the APS international staff and Robert G. Bradley crew will hold classes in small boat maintenance, retention and recruitment.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to provide training in regional maritime domain awareness and boat coxswain and maintenance," says Lt. William Pollak, Robert G. Bradley operations officer.

The training will focus on strengthening maritime capabilities in Sao Tome and build upon partnership capabilities in the region.

Robert G. Bradley is scheduled to visit Angola, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Gabon, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone during the next four months. During these visits, the ship will embark African students in order to conduct professional exchanges in many areas including seamanship, maritime law enforcement, medical readiness, oil spill management, non-commissioned officer development and navigation.

The ship also carries, at the request of several non-government agencies, a large quantity of relief goods for the African coastal countries to include educational, humanitarian and goodwill material.

APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.

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