NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) became the first U.S. Navy ship to anchor in Bata, Equatorial Guinea while conducting Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative Jan. 15.
APS is a an ongoing U.S. Navy-led multinational effort aimed at strengthening emerging partnerships in West and Central Africa to increase regional and maritime safety and security.
"APS is a year-round ongoing effort, and this is a great opportunity to continue the program and the U.S. Navy's long-term commitment to our partners," said Cmdr. Clinton A. Carroll, commanding officer of Robert G. Bradley. "The crew just completed a great visit to Malabo and is ready to work with other members of the military here in Bata. We're building relationships that are the bedrock of maritime safety and security in the region."
While Bradley is the first U.S. Navy ship to pull into Bata, there have been other ship visits to Equatorial Guinea; to include the US Coast Guard Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) who visited the capital, Malabo, in the first part of 2008.
During the visit, Bradley crewmembers will conduct workshops on damage control, firefighting and automated identification system with local military members promoting maritime safety and security.
In addition to training, the ship will host a flight deck reception for distinguished Equatorial Guinean visitors to develop relationships and promote regional cooperation.
Bradley is an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate homeported in Mayport, Fla. and is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
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