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Operating Forward

Iwo Jima ARG Ready to Answer Call

An aerial view of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) conducting flight operations in the Atlantic Ocean, March 9, 2014. Iwo Jima was conducting flight deck certification in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew J. Sneeringer/Released)

By Captain Timothy L. Schorr Commodore, Amphibious Squadron Eight Greetings from Amphibious Squadron 8! After months of hard work and preparation, the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is ready to deploy, and I could not be more excited or proud. We’ve done the drills, demonstrated proficiency in warfighting, integrated with …

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Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea

GULF OF GUINEA (April 2, 2014) A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment member and a Ghanaian navy sailor inspect a fishing vessel suspected of illegal fishing during the Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership. The partnership is the operational phase of Africa Partnership Station and brings together U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and respective Africa partner maritime forces to actively patrol that partner's territorial waters and economic exclusion zone with the goal of intercepting vessels that may have been involved in illicit activity. (U.S. Navy photo by Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng/Released)

By Adm. Mark Ferguson Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Earlier this week, and prior to the start of the International Seapower Symposium, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a seminar on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. The seminar brought together key regional and international stakeholders to build …

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Being There Matters: Growing Partnerships

By Capt. Marc Lederer APS Mission Commander aboard USNS Spearhead Today we wrapped up three weeks of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) operations with our Ghanaian partners, during which small teams operating in rigid-hull, inflatable boats off USNS Spearhead boarded several small fishing boats found illegally operating in Ghana’s …

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