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10 Things about Africa Partnership Station

Here’s a brief introduction to Africa Partnership Station (APS), U.S. Naval Forces Africa’s (NAVAF) flagship maritime security cooperation program. The focus of APS is to build maritime safety and security by increasing maritime awareness, response capabilities and infrastructure:

1)   One major focus of APS in 2011 was the beginning of African partners taking the lead in training other APS participants.

2)   APS engagement has involved over 30 African, European and South American nations, and interest to participate continues to grow.

3)   APS is inspired by the belief that effective maritime security will benefit all nations and contributes to development, economic prosperity and security, and will help deter violent extremist ideology ashore.

4)   Since 2007, APS has progressed from a series of bilateral port visits to a series of regional training engagements ashore and at sea.

5)   APS is developing African solutions to global problems and builds upon long-standing relationships.

6)  APS seeks to improve capabilities with partner naval forces using four “pillars” to increase maritime safety and security: Develop Maritime Domain Awareness—maintaining a clear picture of the maritime environment; build maritime professionals;                   establish maritime infrastructure; and develop response capabilities while building regional integration.

7)     Djibouti, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, and Seychelles participate in exercise Cutlass Express for the first time in October 2011.

8) Through APS, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) 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.

9)     African, European and North and South American partners, and non-governmental organizations share a common goal of regional prosperity, stability and peace.

10)  In port for Africa Partnership Station 2012, High Speed Vessel Swift sailors recently completed their community service project at Kinondi Muslim High School in Tanzania.

All about Naval Forces Africa and Marine Forces Africa

Tanzanian and U.S. personnel conduct medical training as part of Africa Partnership Station 2012 (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez/U.S. Navy)

This is our last in a series of posts this week about some of AFRICOM’s component commands. Component commands are the building blocks of a joint command like AFRICOM, which draws from all services and military specialties. Previously this week, we introduced you to U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)U.S. Air Forces Africa and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Our other component command is Special Operations Command Africa. Today we introduce you to U.S. Naval Forces Africa and U.S. Marine Forces Africa.

Location: Naval Forces Africa is part of Naval Forces Europe and the  U.S. Sixth Fleet located in Naples, Italy. Marine Forces Africa is located at Panzer Kaserne in Stuttgart, Germany.

Staff:  Since NAVAF is part of  U.S. Naval Forces Europe/6th Fleet, there are no firm numbers for  personnel that work specifically with AFRICOM. The Naval Forces Europe headquarters includes about 620 personnel. Marine Forces Africa includes approximately 400 people.

Leadership: NAVAF falls under Admiral Bruce W. Clingan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/6th Fleet. The MARFOREUR commander is Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr.

AOR: The NAVEUR/NAVAF area of responsibility covers more than 20 million nautical miles of ocean and includes Russsia, Europe and most of Africa. MARFORAF operates on and around the continent of Africa.

African partnerships: NAVEUR/NAVAF conducts Africa Partnership Station, which involves ship visits and training across Africa. Marine Forces Africa will embark next week on Africa Lion in Morocco, the largest bilateral training exercise on the continent.

Interested in learning more?  Visit the NAVEUR/NAVAF home page here, or the MARFORAF page here .



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