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Africa Partnership Station Completes Training in Ghana

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS121126-03

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josh Bennett, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East Detachment

SEKONDI, Ghana (NNS) -- Ghanaian Navy sailors were presented certificates Nov. 24 during an award ceremony aboard High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) after completing training during Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012.

The training in Ghana included amphibious operations planning, intelligence specialization, communications and maritime interdiction operations planning

"I was pleasantly surprised by the motivation and professionalism of the Ghanaian sailors," said German Navy Cmdr. Martin Klemann, operations officer for APS 2012. "They came to class every day eager to learn."

The trainers for the courses focused on the areas they felt were the most important topics for all sailors to know.

"These classes are essential for anyone working in maritime operations," said Ghanaian Navy Lt. Salifu Musah, instructor for APS 2012. "I would have liked to have seen even more junior sailors involved because these classes are a great resource for our navy."

The training was completely new to many of the sailors, a mixture of junior enlisted, senior enlisted and officers in the Ghanaian navy, but the sailors enjoyed the experience.

"The training was very good for me," said Ghanaian Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Emmanuel Kofi Hinson, student. "I feel like I learned a lot of things I can put to use here."

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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