USNS Spearhead Docks in Rota, Spain

The Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) pulled in to Rota, Spain, for a scheduled port visit Jan. 6, 2015.

The ship is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station (APS).

Cmdr. Matthew Flemming, Africa Partnership Station Detachment commander, said:

The military and civil service mariners aboard USNS Spearhead look forward to training and operating with African partner nations during Africa Partnership Station 2015. We are excited to participate in the important deployment and collaborative mission.

Capt. John Rinko, commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe & Africa/Commander Task Force 63, added:

The joint high-speed vessel is a tremendously capable platform for the collaborative exercises planned for Africa Partnership Station 2015. We look forward to the team’s engagement with our African partners to increase interoperability and maritime security in the region.”

The Spearhead will serve under the international capacity building program APS, working with African partner nations to enhance maritime security off the coast of West Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Press release, Image: US Navy