Africa Partnership Station

The focus of APS is to build maritime safety and security by increasing maritime awareness, response capabilities and infrastructure.

Africa Partnership Station (APS) is U.S. Naval Forces Africa’s (NAVAF) flagship maritime security cooperation program.

Through APS, U.S. Africa Command and NAVAF conduct engagement activities with international partners and governmental/non-governmental organizations to enhance African partner nations’ self-sustaining capability to effectively maintain maritime security within their inland waterways, territorial waters, and exclusive economic zones.

As a maritime security cooperation program, APS seeks to improve capabilities with partner naval forces using four “pillars” to increase maritime safety and security through a regional and comprehensive approach: 

  • Develop maritime domain awareness to maintain a clear picture of the maritime environment
  • Build maritime professionals
  • Establish maritime infrastructure
  • Develop response capabilities while building regional integration

Learn more about Africa Partnership Station on DVIDS.

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