Dec 3, 2010, 2:29 PM
The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, Edward M “Ned” Alford, has said that maritime security and global partnerships are of vital importance in addressing the series of transnational challenges facing the world.
According to him, maritime security and global partnerships are important, given the overwhelming dependence of global prosperity and ecological sustainability on the safety, security, and freedom of the seas.
“This is why partners from The Gambia, the United States of America, Spain, Germany and others have come together to participate in this visit,” said Ambassador Alford.
He added that our mutual tasks are to combat illicit trafficking in drugs and human beings, protect national resources, deter piracy, encourage economic growth and stability, and create a network of public and private partnerships to address continuing challenges.
“What we have learned from each other during this visit will better prepare us to meet the transnational challenges of tomorrow collectively,” said the
Ambassador Alford assured his audience that the
According to him, the sustained presence of the United States Navy and its African Partnership Station partner nations in
He noted some of the benefits such as capacity building, increase response capability, professional military development, and the economic opportunity that The Gambia has gained from the global maritime partnership.
He further revealed that nearly ten percent of the Gambia’s armed forces are deployed to support regional peacekeeping forces and actively contribute to the security of the African neighbours, and that the cooperative training programmes, such as APS, increase the Gambia armed forces mission readiness.
He also underscored the benefits the
He thanked the
Commander Charles Eaton of HSV-Swift, said HSV-Swift is the fastest ship supporting US naval operations around the world.
“Americans partner nations have the goal of promoting safety and security in the maritime area around
“The strength of our partnership in The Gambia has grown, and I’m happy to report that this year we have expanded beyond simple US and Gambian bilateral engagements as we have a truly multinational operation with training and staff members participating from
Senior representative from the international staff of APS, commander Martin Kleman from the German Navy, revealed that they have been in the African waters for two months, noting that the feedback they receive will motivate them to continue.