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Navy Band Orchestrates Partnerships in Africa

The band exists at the tactical level of relationship building. At the boundary between cultures, the band is the bridge. –Adm. James G. Foggo, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa By Musician 1st Class Joseph Schoonmaker The U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band’s brass band, “Topside,” just returned from a six-week …

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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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Reflections from Africa Partnership Station

The Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) arrives in Souda Bay for a scheduled port visit.

By Capt. Marc Lederer USNS Spearhead Africa Partnership Station Mission Commander It has been roughly three-and-a-half months since Spearhead departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., on the first part of her maiden deployment to U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) theaters. Since that time, we’ve …

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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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Why Partnerships Matter

Adm. Bruce Clingan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, meets with Chief of the South African Navy Vice Adm. Johannes Refiloe Mudimu.

By Adm. Bruce W. Clingan Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, Commander, Allied Joint Force Command, Naples   I had an opportunity to travel to Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa recently and met with Vice Adm. Johannes Refiloe Mudimu, Chief of the South African Navy in …

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