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AFRICOM Commander Visits Robert G. Bradley, APS
<p>Commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) General William E. &quot;Kip&quot; Ward spoke to African partners and U.S. sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) February 7, 2011, during the first of many port visits of Africa Partnership
LOME, Togo - Commander Darryl Brown, commanding officer of USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), speaks with Rear Admiral (ret) James M. Hart, deputy director for U.S. Africa Command&#39;s strategy and plans, strategy, plans and programs directorate, and Mark White, senior development advisor for U.S. AFRICOM, during a visit with African partners and U.S. Sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), February 7, 2010. During an all-hands call, General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. AFRICOM, spoke to sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant junior grade. Lorna Mae Devera)
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Photo 1 of 3: LOME, Togo - Commander Darryl Brown, commanding officer of USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), speaks with Rear Admiral (ret) James M. Hart, deputy director for U.S. Africa Command's strategy and plans, strategy, plans and programs directorate, and Mark White, senior development advisor for U.S. AFRICOM, during a visit with African partners and U.S. Sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), February 7, 2010. During an all-hands call, General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. AFRICOM, spoke to sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant junior grade. Lorna Mae Devera) Download full-resolution version
LOME, Togo - General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks with Sierra Leone Navy Lieutenant Commander Philip Juana during an all-hands call with African partners and U.S. sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), February 7, 2011. Ward spoke to the sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Junior Grade Lorna Mae Devera)
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Photo 2 of 3: LOME, Togo - General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks with Sierra Leone Navy Lieutenant Commander Philip Juana during an all-hands call with African partners and U.S. sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), February 7, 2011. Ward spoke to the sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Junior Grade Lorna Mae Devera) Download full-resolution version
LOME, Togo - General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks with Command Master Chief (CMC) Antonio Perryman, CMC of USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), following an all-hands call aboard the ship with African partners and U.S. sailors, February 7, 2011. Ward spoke to the sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Junior Grade Lorna Mae Devera)
3 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 3 of 3: LOME, Togo - General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks with Command Master Chief (CMC) Antonio Perryman, CMC of USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), following an all-hands call aboard the ship with African partners and U.S. sailors, February 7, 2011. Ward spoke to the sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Junior Grade Lorna Mae Devera) Download full-resolution version
LOME, Togo - Commander Darryl Brown, commanding officer of USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), speaks with Rear Admiral (ret) James M. Hart, deputy director for U.S. Africa Command&#39;s strategy and plans, strategy, plans and programs directorate, and Mark White, senior development advisor for U.S. AFRICOM, during a visit with African partners and U.S. Sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), February 7, 2010. During an all-hands call, General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. AFRICOM, spoke to sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant junior grade. Lorna Mae Devera)
LOME, Togo - General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks with Sierra Leone Navy Lieutenant Commander Philip Juana during an all-hands call with African partners and U.S. sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), February 7, 2011. Ward spoke to the sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Junior Grade Lorna Mae Devera)
LOME, Togo - General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks with Command Master Chief (CMC) Antonio Perryman, CMC of USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49), following an all-hands call aboard the ship with African partners and U.S. sailors, February 7, 2011. Ward spoke to the sailors about the importance of Africa Partnership Station (APS). 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Junior Grade Lorna Mae Devera)

Commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) General William E. "Kip" Ward spoke to African partners and U.S. sailors aboard USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) February 7, 2011, during the first of many port visits of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West.



Ward spoke about the importance of the APS mission at an all-hands call on the flight deck of Robert G. Bradley.



"I cannot stress enough the importance of the job you are doing with all of the partners involved in the APS mission," said Ward. "The work you do here embodies the true meaning of 'partnership' and the relationships we are building with African nations. I thank you for your commitment, your hard work and dedication to making this a successful start to the APS mission."



Ward closed his speech talking about the positive effect APS has on bilateral relations between the United States and African countries. He used the relationship U.S. has with Togo as the shining example.



Before departing, Ward met with the senior leadership, toured the ship, and presented two Robert G. Bradley Sailors with award for their hard work.



"On behalf of the crew I would like to thank General Ward for taking the time to visit Robert G. Bradley," said Commander Darryl Brown, commanding officer of Robert G. Bradley. "His enthusiasm for the APS mission was very motivating to all on board and shows that the hard work we are putting in APS West is being noticed."

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