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Maritime Professionals Gather in Naples for APS Annual Planning Conference
Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. began a 3-day conference aimed to enhance collaborative efforts to achieve maritime security in Africa, Sept. 15.
Nigerian Navy Capt. Saidu Garba presents his nation’s Africa Partnership Station (APS) brief during the APS Annual Planning Conference held at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples. APS, established in 2007, is a collaborative international security cooperation initiative aimed at improving maritime safety and security in the waters surrounding Africa by developing African maritime forces’ information sharing practices, response capabilities, and regional interoperability.
1 photo: Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. Begin a 3-day Conference
Photo 1 of 1: Nigerian Navy Capt. Saidu Garba presents his nation’s Africa Partnership Station (APS) brief during the APS Annual Planning Conference held at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples. APS, established in 2007, is a collaborative international security cooperation initiative aimed at improving maritime safety and security in the waters surrounding Africa by developing African maritime forces’ information sharing practices, response capabilities, and regional interoperability. Download full-resolution version

The Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference aims to align individual African nation maritime security goals, APS training opportunities, and comprehensive regional standards.

The conference is scheduled to include briefs by partner nations and face-to-face planning to schedule capacity-building training, engagements, and operational opportunities for the next year and beyond.

“APS is all about collaboration. It’s about working together, whether it’s across the continent or across the room,” said Capt. Marc S. Lederer, Africa Engagement Director for U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. “The idea behind APS is to coordinate and collaborate between nations to promote maritime safety and security.”

APS, which began 2007 with a U.S. ship deployment to West Africa, has evolved to be an international collaborative process that is a continuum of efforts executed year-round using a combination of fly-away training teams, exercises and ship deployments.

Planners from U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, which facilitates the program, are working toward a greater evolution of the program through increased integration of Africa partner nations’ maritime forces into maritime security capacity building events.

“Our outlook for APS, at present, is to move from simply tactical training and familiarization efforts to the operational and strategic phases of our collective efforts,” said Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Selph, APS Lead Planner. “With increased involvement at the higher levels of a maritime force, it leads to improved responses to maritime threats.”

Countries participating in the conference include Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Denmark, Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, United Kingdom and United States.

APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.

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