Mar 25, 2009, 8:27 AM
A team of United States Navy instructors is currently in the country as part of the US Africa Command, Africa Partnership Station 2011, an integral part of US Africa Command’s strategy to advance
The naval force, which is a mobile training division under APS 2011, will among others conduct training for the Gambia Navy and other maritime stakeholders including the Fisheries Department, Gambia Maritime Administration on maritime domain awareness, fisheries protection and maritime law enforcement, medical emergency response at sea and basic inductor training.
The instructors, currently in the country courtesy of the US Embassy in
The training comes barely three days after another batch of US Coast Guard International Training Division left
It was, among others, geared towards working with partners like The Gambia to enhance maritime security, in order to effectively address cross-cutting maritime security challenges such as terrorism, piracy, and drug trafficking.
Addressing the gathering, Navy Commander Commodore Madani Senghore said that if adequately confronted, the transnational challenges would enhance unhindered maritime commerce, promote regional stability, prosperity and development in the African continent.
“Cognizant of the fact that a one size package does not fit all due to the disparity in African nation’s national maritime security interests, capabilities and levels of preparedness, African Partnership Station 2011 gave partner nations the opportunity to indentify country specific training needs and provide mobile training teams to conduct them in their countries,” he stated.
According to him, the program was carefully selected to enhance the maritime domain to suit the
According to him, threats such as drug and human trafficking, illegal fishing and poaching, smuggling, illegal migration, climate change and environmental degradation, as well as terrorism are real and present in our world.
These threats, he added, call for urgent sustained global partnership and coalitions among nations, organizations and societies to confront.
Also speaking at the gathering was the deputy Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Ousman Badjie, who commended the
Badjie expressed hope that the training will go a long way in boosting the morale and capabilities of the Gambia Navy in their quest to maintain safety in the territorial waters of the country, as well as ensuring maritime security in the interest of the sector and the globe.
Lieutenant Commander Robert Hopkins, the US Navy Banjul team leader, cherished the relations between the