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U.S. Coast Guard Members Partner with Ghanaians to Improve Maritime Security
During a three-day visit to Sekondi, Ghana concluding on July 17, 2008, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas worked with the Ghanaian Navy and National Port Police officers to improve equipment and train in maritime law enforcement
SEKONDI, Ghana - Ensign Kate Miller, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches maritime law-enforcement tactics to members of the Ghana Navy in Sekondi, Ghana, July 15, 2008.  In addition to conducting training, U.S. crew members worked with the Ghanaian Navy to improve equipment and make repairs to a local school for the deaf. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Tasha Tully)
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Photo 1 of 5: SEKONDI, Ghana - Ensign Kate Miller, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches maritime law-enforcement tactics to members of the Ghana Navy in Sekondi, Ghana, July 15, 2008. In addition to conducting training, U.S. crew members worked with the Ghanaian Navy to improve equipment and make repairs to a local school for the deaf. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Tasha Tully) Download full-resolution version
SEKONDI, Ghana - Commander Robert Hendrickson, Executive Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches search-and-rescue procedures to members of the Ghana Navy in Sekondi, Ghana on July 15, 2008.  Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully)
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Photo 2 of 5: SEKONDI, Ghana - Commander Robert Hendrickson, Executive Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches search-and-rescue procedures to members of the Ghana Navy in Sekondi, Ghana on July 15, 2008. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully) Download full-resolution version
SEKONDI, Ghana - Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Parrish, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, interacts with children at the Sekondi School for the Deaf in Sekondi, Ghana, July 16, 2008.  During their visit, crew members repaired the school and conducted maritime training with members of the Ghanaian Navy and National Port Police officers. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully)
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Photo 3 of 5: SEKONDI, Ghana - Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Parrish, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, interacts with children at the Sekondi School for the Deaf in Sekondi, Ghana, July 16, 2008. During their visit, crew members repaired the school and conducted maritime training with members of the Ghanaian Navy and National Port Police officers. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully) Download full-resolution version
SEKONDI, Ghana - Petty Officer First Class Michael Holmes, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches port security to members of the Ghana National Port Police in Sekondi, Ghana, July 21, 2008.  During their visit, crew members repaired a local school, conducted maritime training, and tested equipment.  Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tasha Tully)
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Photo 4 of 5: SEKONDI, Ghana - Petty Officer First Class Michael Holmes, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches port security to members of the Ghana National Port Police in Sekondi, Ghana, July 21, 2008. During their visit, crew members repaired a local school, conducted maritime training, and tested equipment. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tasha Tully) Download full-resolution version
SEKONDI, Ghana - Eleven crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas pose with their new friends at the Sekondi School for the Deaf in  Sekondi, Ghana, July 16, 2008.  Dallas crewmembers repaired doors and screens throughout the school and donated school supplies during their visit.  Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully)
5 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 5 of 5: SEKONDI, Ghana - Eleven crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas pose with their new friends at the Sekondi School for the Deaf in Sekondi, Ghana, July 16, 2008. Dallas crewmembers repaired doors and screens throughout the school and donated school supplies during their visit. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully) Download full-resolution version
SEKONDI, Ghana - Ensign Kate Miller, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches maritime law-enforcement tactics to members of the Ghana Navy in Sekondi, Ghana, July 15, 2008.  In addition to conducting training, U.S. crew members worked with the Ghanaian Navy to improve equipment and make repairs to a local school for the deaf. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Tasha Tully)
SEKONDI, Ghana - Commander Robert Hendrickson, Executive Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches search-and-rescue procedures to members of the Ghana Navy in Sekondi, Ghana on July 15, 2008.  Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully)
SEKONDI, Ghana - Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Parrish, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, interacts with children at the Sekondi School for the Deaf in Sekondi, Ghana, July 16, 2008.  During their visit, crew members repaired the school and conducted maritime training with members of the Ghanaian Navy and National Port Police officers. Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully)
SEKONDI, Ghana - Petty Officer First Class Michael Holmes, a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, teaches port security to members of the Ghana National Port Police in Sekondi, Ghana, July 21, 2008.  During their visit, crew members repaired a local school, conducted maritime training, and tested equipment.  Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tasha Tully)
SEKONDI, Ghana - Eleven crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas pose with their new friends at the Sekondi School for the Deaf in  Sekondi, Ghana, July 16, 2008.  Dallas crewmembers repaired doors and screens throughout the school and donated school supplies during their visit.  Dallas is deployed to the region under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet, in support of Africa Partnership Station.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Tasha Tully)
During a three-day visit to Sekondi, Ghana concluding on July 17, 2008, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas worked with the Ghanaian Navy and National Port Police officers to improve equipment and train in maritime law enforcement tactics, small boat operations, search-and-rescue procedures, and port-security operations.

Dallas, a 378-foot cutter is currently deployed off the coast of West and Central Africa in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS).

"We are very familiar with search-and-rescue, but it was a good experience to come aboard Dallas and learn new techniques and procedures," said Lieutenant Nicholas Owusu, a Ghanaian naval officer. "We would like it if we could stay aboard longer and learn more next time. We made many friends here today, and we look forward to their return."

On July 16, Dallas' engineering personnel provided technical assistance to their Ghanaian counterparts to correct equipment casualties on board the 180-foot former U.S. Coast Guard vessels Woodrush and Sweetbriar, which were transferred to the Ghana Navy in 2001 and 2002.

"The Ghanaian Navy members were incredibly knowledgeable about the equipment on board the ship, and it was nice to share knowledge between our crews," said Petty Officer First Class Michael Hardy, a Dallas crewmember. "I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the ship, especially the engine room. It showed how much pride they have in their work and themselves."

In addition to the training, crew members visited the Sekondi School for the Deaf and helped repair doors, replace screens and repaint a wall. The Dallas crew also donated several boxes of school supplies to the school.

"Our visit to Sekondi was so successful not only because were we able to build upon training provided by the USS Fort McHenry during their previous APS deployment, but it was also a tremendous opportunity for Dallas' crew to experience the rich West Central Africa culture," said Captain Robert Wagner, Commanding Officer of Dallas.

"It is only through such repetitive APS engagements, and professional and personal interactions, that our naval forces are able to build the trust and cooperation essential to establishing long-term relationships in the region," added Wagner.
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