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APS Swift Arrives in The Gambia
Africa Partnership's High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) arrived in Banjul, The Gambia, September 17, 2009. <br /> <br />The ship was welcomed by Bala Garba-Jahump, The Gambia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barry L. Wells, U.S. Ambassador to
BANJUL, The Gambia - Standing in front of Africa Partnership Station's (APS) Swift, which arrived to Banjul, The Gambia on September 17. 2009, are: (left to right) Lieutenant Commander Christopher Simmons, Officer in Charge of APS Swift's military detachment; Brigadier General Sarjo Fofana, The Gambia's Chief of Naval Staff; Barry L. Wells, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia; Brigadier General Yankuba Drammeh, The Gambia's Chief of Army Staff; and Commander Paul Gomes, APS Swift Mission Commander for The Gambia.  Swift is in port for a brief port visit -- the first such visit by the U.S. Navy in 15 years.  APS is an international initiative under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa whose aim is to foster cooperation between the U.S., European and African partners as a way to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Meaney)
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Photo 1 of 2: BANJUL, The Gambia - Standing in front of Africa Partnership Station's (APS) Swift, which arrived to Banjul, The Gambia on September 17. 2009, are: (left to right) Lieutenant Commander Christopher Simmons, Officer in Charge of APS Swift's military detachment; Brigadier General Sarjo Fofana, The Gambia's Chief of Naval Staff; Barry L. Wells, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia; Brigadier General Yankuba Drammeh, The Gambia's Chief of Army Staff; and Commander Paul Gomes, APS Swift Mission Commander for The Gambia. Swift is in port for a brief port visit -- the first such visit by the U.S. Navy in 15 years. APS is an international initiative under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa whose aim is to foster cooperation between the U.S., European and African partners as a way to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Meaney) Download full-resolution version
BANJUL, The Gambia - Lieutenant junior grade Matthew Goetz (right), operations officer aboard Africa Partnership Station (APS) Swift, gives a ship tour to Philip Sinkinson, British High Commissioner to the Republic of the Gambia, (left); Dr. Ousman Jammeh Gambian Minister of Foreign Affairs (center, wearing green);  Ms. Danielle Roban, French Charge d'Affaires to Gambia, and Barry L. Wells, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Gambia (center in grey suit), September 17, 2009.  Swift is in port for a brief port visit -- the first such visit by the U.S. Navy in 15 years.  APS is an international initiative under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa whose aim is to foster cooperation between the U.S., European and African partners as a way to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Meaney)
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Photo 2 of 2: BANJUL, The Gambia - Lieutenant junior grade Matthew Goetz (right), operations officer aboard Africa Partnership Station (APS) Swift, gives a ship tour to Philip Sinkinson, British High Commissioner to the Republic of the Gambia, (left); Dr. Ousman Jammeh Gambian Minister of Foreign Affairs (center, wearing green); Ms. Danielle Roban, French Charge d'Affaires to Gambia, and Barry L. Wells, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Gambia (center in grey suit), September 17, 2009. Swift is in port for a brief port visit -- the first such visit by the U.S. Navy in 15 years. APS is an international initiative under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa whose aim is to foster cooperation between the U.S., European and African partners as a way to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Meaney) Download full-resolution version
BANJUL, The Gambia - Standing in front of Africa Partnership Station's (APS) Swift, which arrived to Banjul, The Gambia on September 17. 2009, are: (left to right) Lieutenant Commander Christopher Simmons, Officer in Charge of APS Swift's military detachment; Brigadier General Sarjo Fofana, The Gambia's Chief of Naval Staff; Barry L. Wells, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia; Brigadier General Yankuba Drammeh, The Gambia's Chief of Army Staff; and Commander Paul Gomes, APS Swift Mission Commander for The Gambia.  Swift is in port for a brief port visit -- the first such visit by the U.S. Navy in 15 years.  APS is an international initiative under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa whose aim is to foster cooperation between the U.S., European and African partners as a way to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Meaney)
BANJUL, The Gambia - Lieutenant junior grade Matthew Goetz (right), operations officer aboard Africa Partnership Station (APS) Swift, gives a ship tour to Philip Sinkinson, British High Commissioner to the Republic of the Gambia, (left); Dr. Ousman Jammeh Gambian Minister of Foreign Affairs (center, wearing green);  Ms. Danielle Roban, French Charge d'Affaires to Gambia, and Barry L. Wells, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Gambia (center in grey suit), September 17, 2009.  Swift is in port for a brief port visit -- the first such visit by the U.S. Navy in 15 years.  APS is an international initiative under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa whose aim is to foster cooperation between the U.S., European and African partners as a way to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Meaney)

Africa Partnership's High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) arrived in Banjul, The Gambia, September 17, 2009.

The ship was welcomed by Bala Garba-Jahump, The Gambia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Barry L. Wells, U.S. Ambassador to the Gambia, as well as high ranking Gambian military officials.

During remarks, Wells spoke on the importance of the visit by the U.S. Navy and APS Swift.

"Visits like this are important because they help reinforce the strong ties that already exist between our two countries. The last Navy ship visit of this magnitude was in 1994," said Wells. "The United States Navy is committed to many humanitarian assistance projects around the globe, and has, with this visit, transported donated items from 'Gambia Help' in Seattle, Wash., and medical supplies from Project Handclasp, which will be donated to the Ministry of Health."

APS Swift delivered 16 pallets of Project Handclasp supplies here.

Touching on the first such visit in 15 years, Brigadier General Yankuba Drammeh, Chief of The Gambian Army Staff and Brigadier General Sarjo Fofana, Chief of The Gambian Naval Staff, welcomed the ship to the country.

"We welcome you back to the smiling coast of Africa," said Fofana. "The United States government has long provided much needed assistance and training to the Gambian military, and for that we are grateful. Thank you very much for coming."

APS is a multinational initiative under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa which aims to foster cooperation between the U.S., European and African partners to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent.

Swift, homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. The ship has supported various partnership-building operations and training throughout much of the world, including APS.
 

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