VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training (MCAST) Command welcomed the return of Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 204, after a near seven-month deployment to Kenya, May 24.
MCAT 204 conducted maritime civil-military operations, in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), where they coordinated community relations projects and held subject matter expert exchanges with the Kenyan navy.
The team provided infrastructure evaluations within the coastal regions. This directly led to project ideas and nominations, to increase economic development, improve security and stability, and the continuous development in our partner nation's capacity and capability.
MCAT 204 also held Basic Sea Survival (BSS) courses for local fisherman and regional security and emergency services. The BSS course is designed to give seagoing individuals, or those living along the coast. The skills required to act or react for themselves when found in an environment where sea survival is necessary.
An MCAT is typically a five-person unit, consisting of a team commander, a coxswain, a constructionman, a communicator and a corpsman. Though these skill sets are mostly derived from the appropriate U.S. Navy ratings, often Sailors are cross trained prior to deployment.
MCAST Command provides flexible and responsive teams of U.S. Navy Expeditionary Sailors, on demand, to establish and enhance relations between military forces, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and the civilian communities.
MCAST Command, formed in 2009 from the merger of the former Maritime Civil Affairs Group and Expeditionary Training Command, is under the guidance of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and is headquarted at Naval Air Station Oceana at the Dam Neck Annex. For more information about MCAST Command, visit www.mcast.navy.mil or contact MCAST public affairs at (757) 492-1937.
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