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Djiboutian, U.S. and French Navies Share Best Maritime Practices
Sailors from three nations assembled at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters here, February 27 through 29, to discuss best practices for ensuring the sovereignty of the seas around the Horn of Africa. This was the first time the Djiboutian
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 29, 2012) -- A Djiboutian naval officer (center) instructs U.S. and French naval personnel at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters on Djiboutian naval systems during scenarios discussed between the Djiboutian, U.S. and French navies February 29. Djiboutian, French and U.S. sailors discussed organizing and executing Djiboutian maritime procedures in their area of operations.  (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya)
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Photo 1 of 3: DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 29, 2012) -- A Djiboutian naval officer (center) instructs U.S. and French naval personnel at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters on Djiboutian naval systems during scenarios discussed between the Djiboutian, U.S. and French navies February 29. Djiboutian, French and U.S. sailors discussed organizing and executing Djiboutian maritime procedures in their area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya) Download full-resolution version
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 29, 2012) - Djiboutian National Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Ali Elmi Bouh, headquarters operations officer, briefs U.S and French sailors on Djiboutian naval procedures at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters here February 29. Djiboutian sailors plan to use a hybrid of the U.S. and French systems to better their understanding of patrolling their territorial waters.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya)
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Photo 2 of 3: DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 29, 2012) - Djiboutian National Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Ali Elmi Bouh, headquarters operations officer, briefs U.S and French sailors on Djiboutian naval procedures at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters here February 29. Djiboutian sailors plan to use a hybrid of the U.S. and French systems to better their understanding of patrolling their territorial waters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya) Download full-resolution version
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 28, 2012) - A Djiboutian sailor (right) discusses best practices, tactics and procedures of the Djiboutian Navy with U.S. and French sailors at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters here February 28.  Djiboutian, French and U.S. sailors discussed the best way to organize and execute Djiboutian maritime procedures in their area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya)
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Photo 3 of 3: DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 28, 2012) - A Djiboutian sailor (right) discusses best practices, tactics and procedures of the Djiboutian Navy with U.S. and French sailors at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters here February 28. Djiboutian, French and U.S. sailors discussed the best way to organize and execute Djiboutian maritime procedures in their area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya) Download full-resolution version
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 29, 2012) -- A Djiboutian naval officer (center) instructs U.S. and French naval personnel at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters on Djiboutian naval systems during scenarios discussed between the Djiboutian, U.S. and French navies February 29. Djiboutian, French and U.S. sailors discussed organizing and executing Djiboutian maritime procedures in their area of operations.  (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya)
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 29, 2012) - Djiboutian National Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Ali Elmi Bouh, headquarters operations officer, briefs U.S and French sailors on Djiboutian naval procedures at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters here February 29. Djiboutian sailors plan to use a hybrid of the U.S. and French systems to better their understanding of patrolling their territorial waters.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya)
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Feb. 28, 2012) - A Djiboutian sailor (right) discusses best practices, tactics and procedures of the Djiboutian Navy with U.S. and French sailors at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters here February 28.  Djiboutian, French and U.S. sailors discussed the best way to organize and execute Djiboutian maritime procedures in their area of operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya)

Sailors from three nations assembled at the Djibouti National Navy Headquarters here, February 27 through 29, to discuss best practices for ensuring the sovereignty of the seas around the Horn of Africa.



This was the first time the Djiboutian Navy coordinated and executed an event of this type together with the American and French navies.



In this exchange, the three navies shared best practices on building support operations and raising maritime domain awareness.



In addition, Djiboutian Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Ali Elmi Bouh, Djibouti National Navy Headquarters operations officer, said all participants discussed the ability to intervene in and take responsibility for the area of operation.



"The Djiboutian Navy is a young navy," Bouh said. "We want to grow and be fully operational."



The Djiboutian Navy has numerous pre-planned responses for emergency maritime situations already documented and in place. These responses include search and rescue, illegal activity and shore incursion, U.S. and Djiboutian naval officers said.



To expand on their maritime knowledge, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Troy Hanson, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa military engagements planner, said the Djiboutians plan on using a hybrid of the U.S. and French systems to "better their understanding of what is out in their territorial waters."



"We're working here with the Djiboutians to help their understanding of what maritime awareness is," Hanson said. "These are very important waters to them, and they are looking to understand the best naval practices of U.S. and France."



"These meetings have been very helpful and very instructive to us," said Bouh. "The Djiboutian Navy would like to have a strong ethos of maritime domain awareness fostered in this facility, and these meetings help us achieve that concept," he said.



To keep that ethos strong, Bouh and the sailors said they would like to continue these exchanges.



"This has been an awesome experience to see the Djiboutians work with both the French as well as the U.S., working the same water space together--sharing some of our procedures--it's been very valuable," said Hanson.



French Navy Captain Eric Mignot, liaison officer to the Djiboutian Navy, said it's important to work together as the Djiboutians share the same objective as their U.S. and French partnerssâ?to ensure the sea is a safe place for trade and freedom.

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