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USS Simpson, U.S. Coast Guard Participate in Cape Verde lead AMLEP Operations
Six members comprising a team of Cape Verde's Coast Guard, Maritime and Judicial Police, joined eight members of a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and sailors from the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), March 27
ATLANTIC OCEAN - U.S. Coast Guardsmen, sailors and members of Cape Verde's boarding team return to the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) after conducting boarding procedures on a fishing vessel, April 17, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian T. Glunt)
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Photo 1 of 4: ATLANTIC OCEAN - U.S. Coast Guardsmen, sailors and members of Cape Verde's boarding team return to the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) after conducting boarding procedures on a fishing vessel, April 17, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian T. Glunt) Download full-resolution version
ATLANTIC OCEAN - Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Manuel Cunha (right) translates Portuguese to Coast Guard Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Lee Conroy during a brief with the Cape Verde visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), March 28, 2012. USS Simpson, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is currently conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian T. Glunt)
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Photo 2 of 4: ATLANTIC OCEAN - Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Manuel Cunha (right) translates Portuguese to Coast Guard Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Lee Conroy during a brief with the Cape Verde visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), March 28, 2012. USS Simpson, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is currently conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian T. Glunt) Download full-resolution version
ATLANTIC OCEAN - Left to right: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Aldo Tijerina, Cape Verde Coast Guard Sergeant Adjunct Elinzangilo Barreto and Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Castillo investigate a refrigerated compartment, during a suspected vessel boarding, April 2, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of the Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Glunt)
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Photo 3 of 4: ATLANTIC OCEAN - Left to right: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Aldo Tijerina, Cape Verde Coast Guard Sergeant Adjunct Elinzangilo Barreto and Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Castillo investigate a refrigerated compartment, during a suspected vessel boarding, April 2, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of the Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Glunt) Download full-resolution version
ATLANTIC OCEAN - U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Lovette (left) observes as Cape Verde Coast Guard 2nd Sergeant Vladimir Goncalves loads a weapon with ammunition on the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) before a suspected vessel boarding, April 17, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Glunt)
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Photo 4 of 4: ATLANTIC OCEAN - U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Lovette (left) observes as Cape Verde Coast Guard 2nd Sergeant Vladimir Goncalves loads a weapon with ammunition on the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) before a suspected vessel boarding, April 17, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Glunt) Download full-resolution version
ATLANTIC OCEAN - U.S. Coast Guardsmen, sailors and members of Cape Verde's boarding team return to the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) after conducting boarding procedures on a fishing vessel, April 17, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian T. Glunt)
ATLANTIC OCEAN - Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Manuel Cunha (right) translates Portuguese to Coast Guard Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Lee Conroy during a brief with the Cape Verde visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), March 28, 2012. USS Simpson, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is currently conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian T. Glunt)
ATLANTIC OCEAN - Left to right: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Aldo Tijerina, Cape Verde Coast Guard Sergeant Adjunct Elinzangilo Barreto and Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Castillo investigate a refrigerated compartment, during a suspected vessel boarding, April 2, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of the Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Glunt)
ATLANTIC OCEAN - U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Lovette (left) observes as Cape Verde Coast Guard 2nd Sergeant Vladimir Goncalves loads a weapon with ammunition on the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) before a suspected vessel boarding, April 17, 2012. USS Simpson is supporting African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations, a branch of Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. During the deployment, Simpson will work with host nation law enforcement teams to deter illicit maritime activities. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Brian Glunt)
Six members comprising a team of Cape Verde's Coast Guard, Maritime and Judicial Police, joined eight members of a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) and sailors from the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56), March 27 through April 18, 2012, in African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations.



AMLEP is the operational phase of Africa Partnership Station (APS), a program that aims to strengthen maritime partnerships to improve safety and security in Africa.



"AMLEP is a program [with] the United States, African and European countries in a reinforced measure to help enhance law enforcement presence in their territorial waters," said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Maritime Enforcement Specialist Lee Conroy, LEDET team leader attached to Simpson. "The purpose is to protect by suppressing and intercepting maritime-transnational illicit violations."



Units involved in AMLEP include maritime forces from Cape Verde, Spain and the United States. In addition to USS Simpson, the Spanish Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV) ESPS Vencedora (P-79) participated in AMLEP.



"It's been a demonstration of force," said Cape Verde Coast Guard Sergeant Adjunct Elisangelo Baretto. "The sailors and U.S. Coast Guardsmen on the ship have been very useful. It's great that, because of AMLEP, the bad guys are going to start thinking twice before they attempt to transit our coastal waters."



Working from the counternarcotics and maritime security (COSMAR) Interagency Operations Center in support of AMLEP is one U.S. representative from the Joint Interagency Task Force (South), based out of Key West, Florida, along with three U.S. Coast Guard liaisons.



"The Coast Guard has had a large presence in Northwest Africa over the past few years," said Conroy. "To be a part of this, we are building partnerships and ties with African countries."



Cape Verde is leading this combined AMLEP operation, providing all operational tasks from the COSMAR.



"This group that we have been working with is forward leaning and very proactive," added Conroy. "Sergeant Baretto has a lot of drive and a lot of enthusiasm for this mission and for Cape Verde's Coast Guard. I've learned a lot of positive leadership just from his interaction with his people."



Two vessel boardings took place during the AMLEP operation, resulting in fines levied for a fisheries violation.



"Our goal was to do as much as we could," said Baretto. "At the start of the mission we were thinking big. I think that is the right way to think, with high expectations. I hope in the future we can have more U.S. Navy ships involved in Cape Verde."



AMLEP operations directly support APS through building and reinforcing international partnerships that are focused on providing maritime safety and security in Africa.



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