African Lion

African Lion is an annually scheduled, bilateral U.S. and Moroccan sponsored exercise designed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding of each nation's tactics, techniques and procedures.

African Lion 2012 was a U.S. African Command-sponsored, Marine Forces Africa-led exercise that involved various types of training including command post, live-fire and maneuvering, peace keeping operations, an intelligence capacity building seminar, aerial refueling/low-level flight training, as well as medical and dental assistance projects.

Approximately 1,200 U.S. military personnel traveled to various regions of the Kingdom of Morocco to take part in the annual exercise in 2012.

Media Releases for African Lion

U.S., Moroccan, German Service Members Conduct UAV Familiarization 5/6/2013
U.S., Moroccan, German Service Members Conduct UAV Familiarization U.S. Marines, along with German and Moroccan counterparts, conducted a small unmanned-flying vehicle familiarization course for Exercise African Lion 13, in Agadir, Morocco, that shared the Full Story
Artillerymen Help Make Convoy a Success During Exercise African Lion 13 4/29/2013
Artllerymen help make convoy a success during Exercise African Lion 13 Marines successfully transported all their personnel and equipment from Cap Draa to here April 20, 2013. However, they couldn’t have done it with out the help of some of their fellow Marines from Q Full Story
Marines, West Africans Train for Peace 8/17/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo During Exercise Western Accord 2012 in Thies, Senegal, U.S. Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen reservists trained and lived alongside their West African partners to build military Full Story
Military Reservists Deploy to West Africa to Train with Regional Forces 7/11/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo U.S. service members, primarily reservists from the Marines, Navy, Army and Air Force recently deployed to Senegal, West Africa to take part in the inaugural exercise called Western Accord, June 26 Full Story
Embarkation Specialists Begin Retrograde Port Operations after African Lion 2012 5/4/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo Service members began hosing down military equipment in preparation for the retrograde portion of Exercise African Lion 12 at the port of Agadir, Morocco, April 16, 2012.

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24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Honors Fallen Marines While at Sea 4/19/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo Marines and sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group gathered together to honor Corporal Derek Kerns and Corporal Robby Reyes during a memorial ceremony Full Story
Moroccans, Marines Prep for Final Exercise at Africa Lion 2012 4/18/2012
U.S. Marines of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Moroccan Armed Forces service members, teamed up to rehearse the final exercise for Full Story
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Mapping Africa One Country at a Time 4/17/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo When the U.S. military wants to head into un-chartered, or minimally chartered territory, they call on the experts of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or the NGA. By compiling the most Full Story
Moroccans join 24th MEU for Amphibious "Day at the Beach" during African Lion 12 4/17/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo Marines and Sailors of Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, landed on the shores of the Kingdom of Morocco, April 10, 2012, to Full Story
AFRICOM Commander, U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, senior officers visit USS Iwo Jima during African Lion exercise 4/17/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo The U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Sam Kaplan, along with senior members of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces and the commanding general of U.S. Africa Command, Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, Full Story
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