Saharan Express 2012 was held in Dakar, Senegal, where 12 countries' navies, coast guards and army paramedic teams gathered to kick off the maritime training and exercises with a press conference and pre-sail conference, where the 10 ship commanders and participants were introduced.
The 12 nations that participated in the second Saharan Express are Cape Verde, France, The Gambia, Cote d'Ivoire; Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
This exercise is one of four regional maritime exercises in Africa, an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. It's aim is to strengthen global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.
The aim of exercise Saharan Express is to develop participant nations' capabilities to monitor and enforce their own territorial waters and exclusive economic zones. Should these participants meet in the future to conduct combined peacekeeping or humanitarian operations, or to counter trafficking in drugs, people, or weapons in the Atlantic Ocean, they will be better able to respond and work together.
African Endeavor kicks off in Garmisch, Germany. This is the first time the annual AFRICOM sponsored exercise is taking place in Europe. But that's not the only first.
The 409th Contracting Support Brigade recently awarded a contract for support services saving the government millions of dollars.
Twice a year -- once in the spring and once in the fall -- French and American military doctors at Camp Lemonnier and neighboring French air base, Base Aérienne (BA) 188 “Colonel Massart,” practice saving lives during mass casualty incidents.
Western Accord is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by Marine Forces Africa.
Exercise Southern Warrior is a Small Unit Regional Training exercise tailored to specific unit and country needs to build regional cooperation. U.S. AFRICOM supports the deployment phase of the exercise.