U.S., Danish Sailors Join to Begin Second Training Hub in APS East

 

U.S. Sailors joined forces with the Danish to kick-off the second training hub to take place in Tanzania this year as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) East, July 25.

The first hub in Tanzania also took place in Dar Es Salaam from Feb. 22 to March 3. APS East, and the Tanzania cadre of instructors demonstrates U.S. and international commitment to African maritime safety and security.

U.S. Navy Sailors from Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command (MCAST), based out of Dam Neck, Va., and U.S. 6th Fleet Director of Regional Engagements and Intelligence Partnerships, out of Naples, Italy, joined officers from the Danish Task Group International Maritime Capacity Building, at Naval Base, Sylowsvej, to hold various professional training courses, including small boat operations and maintenance; maritime intelligence workshop, and fisheries.

Tanzanian Navy Col. J. E. Karia, commandant of Tanzania Naval Training School, an ardent supporter of the APS mission, has seen first-hand direct results of the training provided to his students.

“I´ve seen a lot of benefit come from the APS training our students have received, especially in the area of maritime domain awareness,” Karia said. “Our students come together and join students from other African partnership nations and they study and learn from each other, learning different skills more effectively. They make friends, and you bring the whole East African region together by knowing.”

Karia further explained APS offers a lot of knowledge to a large group of people in a short amount of time, making for both an efficient and effective training environment. Much of the knowledge acquired by the African students is gained from experienced instructors, knowledge that cannot be learned from books, he added.

At-sea training such as small boat operations and the APS “shiprider” program provide experiences many Tanzanian students had not had prior to taking APS East.

Shipriders embedded on U.S. Navy ships are able to study how other people conduct their business; how they do their work. You cannot teach that in a classroom,” said Karia.

Over 70 students from Tanzania and Uganda are enrolled in APS East, Tanzania hub classes this week. More students from Djibouti are also expected to enroll in following classes.

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.

APS promotes partner building activities such as maritime training, community relations projects and cultural exchange activities, and is led by the U.S. Navy in conjunction with international partners from Africa, Europe and South America.

 

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Source: navy, July 27, 2011;

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