DAKAR, Senegal (NNS) -- During an awards ceremony, Africa Partnership Station (APS) honored Senegalese Sailors and Marines for three days of training with the Expeditionary Partnership Team (EPT) aboard Amphibious Dock Landing Ship, USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), Nov. 8.
"In three days you learn a lot, but it isn't very much time. The next time I hope to train for one week, two weeks, or a month. It's good for my Army," said Senegalese Marine Staff Sergeant, Fode Camara.
The Senegalese Sailors and Marines learned about preventative maintenance, combat lifesaving, self defense and small boat maintenance and handling.
"I'm very happy to train with United States Navy. I am very happy to do it, and I want to do more," said Camara. "Everything we learn is new. Now, when I return to my Army, I want to teach a young boy these new techniques."
The Navy has conducted routine training during previous deployments in West Africa, but the APS mission is unique because it involves an African and European partnership working together to increase maritime safety and security.
The EPT is an international collaboration of trainers from military and civilian organizations hailing from various different countries.
"I think this is a very good system to get to know international people, new people. I'm happy to have Africa work as one for maritime security," Camara said.
Committed to creating and sustaining the regional safety and security in Africa, APS will bring international training teams from 14 different countries to Cameroon, Ghana, Sao Tome and Principe and Senegal. APS will also support more than 20 humanitarian assistance projects.
APS 2007 is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-led initiative, executed by a multi-national staff aboard Fort McHenry and High Speed Vessel Swift 2.
Commander Task Group 60.4 and training teams from various U.S. and European military commands, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations, are embarked onboard Fort McHenry to enhance cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services in West and Central Africa and the Gulf of Guinea on a seven-month deployment.
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