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APS, Swift Deliver Medical Supplies to Remote Village in Gabon
Sailors from Africa Partnership Station (APS) Swift made a unique, 45-mile, up-river trip from Port Gentil, Gabon aboard two rigid hull inflatable boats to deliver medical supplies to Ngola Village, August 20, 2009. <br /> <br />The two pallets
Sailors from Africa Partnership Station (APS) Swift made a unique, 45-mile, up-river trip from Port Gentil, Gabon aboard two rigid hull inflatable boats to deliver medical supplies to Ngola Village, August 20, 2009.

The two pallets of medical supplies replenished the three-cot medical clinic in the village with needed necessities to treat patients. Ngola, a settlement for workers of plantations which line the rivers banks, is without running water or electricity. Ngola village is lit only by fire.

There are no cars or motorcycles, as the wide and twisting Ogooue River is the only way in or out.

"We've been able to deliver medical, hygiene and other needed supplies to our partner countries throughout this deployment, but the trip to Ngola is unique," said Commander John D. Tolg, mission commander for APS Swift. "The people here are truly isolated. They've carved a village out of the jungle along the riverbank, and with the exception of a few poured concrete buildings, I don't think life has changed much here in the past several hundred years."

APS is an international initiative under Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa which aims to work cooperatively with U.S., European, and African partners to enhance maritime safety and security on the African continent. APS provides a unique venue to align maritime engagements by utilizing an international team of expert trainers in a variety of military capacities and civilian fields.

During this deployment, High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) embarked over 40 Sailors from Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo for underway training in visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) tactics and small boat handling.

Swift, home ported in Norfolk, Virginia, is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of APS.
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