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Africa Partnership Station Arrives in Libreville, Gabon
LIBREVILLE, Gabon -- Africa Partnership Station (APS) aboard Amphibious Dock Landing Ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived in Libreville, Gabon, January 7. APS's visit is part of a seven-month deployment designed to support and strengthen
LIBREVILLE, Gabon -- Africa Partnership Station (APS) aboard Amphibious Dock Landing Ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived in Libreville, Gabon, January 7. APS's visit is part of a seven-month deployment designed to support and strengthen regional maritime safety and security in West and Central Africa and includes Sailors from Africa, Europe and the United States.



"In addition to their usual training, Gabonese Sailors will benefit from professional trainers in an international framework," said French Navy Lieutenant Commander Bertrand Daniel, APS operation branch head. "The training will be very interesting and beneficial for the Gabonese Navy. It gives them a chance to work with different branches of military from different countries."



The training is designed to ensure that maritime safety and security will contribute to economical development ashore.



Some examples of training include maintenance, small boat handling, security and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS).



"In this part of the Gulf of Guinea there are many crimes to include human and drug trafficking. With this training, it will increase our Gabonese sailors' awareness and help to protect these waters," said Gabon Navy Lieutenant Commander Marcel Mihindou.



"It is great to work with people from places like Germany and France," Mihindou said. "The knowledge we gain from APS will give us the confidence and professionalism for the future."



Africa Partnership Station 2007 is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-led initiative, executed by a multinational staff aboard Fort McHenry and High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2). Commander Task Group 60.4 and training teams from various U.S. and European military commands, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations are embarked on board Fort McHenry to enhance cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services in West and Central Africa and the Gulf of Guinea on a seven-month deployment.
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