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Africa Partnership Station (APS)

Africa Partnership Station is Africa Commands premier maritime security engagement program. As a multinational security cooperation initiative, APS helps strengthen maritime security capacity through maritime training, collaboration, infrastructure building, and cross-border cooperation. In 2010, APS included representatives from 9 European allies, 17 African countries, and Brazil. Its aim is to improve maritime safety and security in Africa while building lasting relationships. To do this, APS focuses on addressing four primary focus areas: maritime professionals, maritime infrastructure, maritime domain awareness, and maritime response capability while simultaneously fostering both a regional and comprehensive approach. Expertise shared during the mission includes law at sea, port security, maritime interdiction operations, small boat maintenance, medical training and more.

APS visits both coasts of Africa. APS 2011, which began February 1 in Lome, Togo, consists of seven U.S. ships and will conduct activities with 22 African nations. These exchanges will involve more than 7,000 maritime professionals.

The APS concept originated at the Benin Ministerial Conference in 2006 when the United States and a number of African and European countries came together to discuss ways of improving maritime safety and security in Africa. The enduring mission began in fall 2007, and now African navies are planning jointly, sharing information at sea, and working together as a result of APS. This includes multi-national exercises off the west and east coasts of Africa as well as in the Gulf of Guinea.



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