Africa Partnership Station

Africa Partnership Station (APS) is U.S. Naval Forces Africa’s (NAVAF) flagship maritime security cooperation program. The focus of APS is to build maritime safety and security by increasing maritime awareness, response capabilities and infrastructure.

Through APS, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and NAVAF conduct engagement activities with international partners and governmental/non-governmental organizations to enhance African partner nations’ self sustaining capability to effectively maintain maritime security within their inland waterways, territorial waters, and exclusive economic zones.

As a maritime security cooperation program, APS seeks to improve capabilities with partner naval forces using four “pillars” to increase maritime safety and security: Develop Maritime Domain Awareness—maintaining a clear picture of the maritime environment; Build maritime professoinals; Establish maritime infrastructure; Develop response capabilities while building regional integration. These four pillars are addressed through a regional and
comprehensive approach.


Media Releases for Africa Partnership Station

Senegalese Forces Conduct Amphibious Landing with Foreign Partners 9/17/2013
Senegalese Forces Conduct Amphibious Landing with Foreign Partners Marines, representing an international Marine task force of U.S., Dutch, Spanish and British servicemembers, and Senegalese forces conduct an amphibious landing on a Senegalese naval base. Go to Album
U.S., Nigerian Medical Personnel Exchange Best Practices 4/29/2013
U.S. and Nigerian medical personnel conducted a medically-focused subject matter exchange at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS), April 22-26. The Full Story
Sailors and Marines Wrap Up APS Visit in Benin 9/14/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) departed Cotonou, Benin, following a four-day visit in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS), September 14, 2012. During the visit, Navy and civilian medical Full Story
Swift Crew Continues APS Mission, Reflects on SECNAV Visit 9/6/2012
Sailors and embarked crew aboard Military Sealift Command-chartered High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) donated their time and effort to help paint an orphanage Sept. 4, 2012, as the ship continues its Full Story
HSV Swift Departs Nigeria Following Africa Partnership Station Visit 8/27/2012
High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) completed a week-long visit to Lagos, Nigeria, in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012, August 24.
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High Speed Vessel Swift Departs Kenya after APS Visit 7/10/2012
Military Sealift Command-chartered High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) hosted training with Kenyan Sailors during a two-day port visit that ended July 7 in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) Full Story
Swift Hosts Environmental Workshop in Tanzania 7/3/2012

Representatives from Naval Surface Warfare Center and Naval Sea Systems Center hosted a Maritime Environmental Conference and workshop that concluded July 3, 2012 on board High Speed Vessel Swift Full Story

Swift Sailors Paint High School During APS Visit to Tanzania 7/2/2012

Sailors from High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) conducted a community service project at Kinondoni Muslim High School in Dar es Salaam, June 29, 2012.
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Swift Arrives in Tanzania for Africa Partnership Station Visit 6/26/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) arrived in Dar Es Salaam June 23, 2012 for a port visit supporting Africa Partnership Station (APS) East.
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NCIS Port Security Exchange with Mozambicans Held on HSV 2 6/18/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) personnel embarked on board High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) shared port security tactics and training with civilian and military members from Mozambique, Full Story
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