Africa Partnership Station 2012

U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist 2nd Class Blake Lena, right, with the Maritime Security Response Team, and Gambian navy Leading Seaman David Jarju provide security for their joint-boarding team while conducting an inspection of a vessel suspected of illicit activity June 28, 2012, in the Atlantic Ocean in Gambia’s exclusive economic zone. The U.S. Coast Guard partnered with guided missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) and the Senegalese navy to support African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership operations, a branch of Africa Partnership Station (APS), in an effort to build maritime safety and security on and off shore. 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Mennuto/Released)

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