DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (NNS) -- USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29) departed Tanzania after taking part in a successful two-week training "Hub" as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) East, Mar. 4.
The "Hub", which was the first of it's kind on Africa's east coast, saw the graduation of armed service members from Djibouti, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique and Tanzania, from courses including tactical combat casualty training; expeditionary combat lifesaver training; port security training and small boat engine maintenance among others.
"The importance of what we, together, accomplished here in Dar Es Salaam cannot be overstated," said Capt. James E. Tranoris, APS East commodore . "APS demonstrates U.S. commitment to African security by responding to African requests for assistance. African nations seek improved maritime safety and security and through the type of training held here in Dar Es Salaam, APS assists African partners in building and improving their capabilities and capacity to respond to maritime threats."
The Hub was facilitated by the Tanzanian navy, and for the first time in APS East, featured Africans are leading classes as instructors.
"Having been involved with APS East for the past two years, I am so pleased to see the evolution of this initiative from individual partner training opportunities to a comprehensive training hub concept," said Tranoris. "This Hub involved partners from many African countries coming together to improve their maritime knowledge and skills, building and strengthening enduring relationships, while also enhancing regional interoperability and trust."
Cmdr. Matthew Rick, Stephen W. Groves commanding officer, delivered closing remarks at the 2011 Tanzania "Hub" ceremony.
"I hope you will take the training you have received during these two weeks back to your own countries so we may all benefit and build on this knowledge," said Rick. "The Stephen W. Groves team appreciates the hospitality and fellowship, which has been extended to us by our East African allies. Our countries have many shared goals and aspirations, and we hope this is a step in the building of relationships which will stand the test of time."
Stephen W. Groves will continue its involvement in APS East with port calls in Seychelles, Mauritius and Kenya.
APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.
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