USNS Spearhead Concludes Obangame Express

Joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) and its embarked detachment of U.S. Navy Sailors, civil service mariners, Cameroonian military personnel and U.S., Spanish and British Marines wrapped up their participation in Exercise Obangame Express 2015, March 25.

Spearhead 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). Obangame Express, APS’s largest annual multinational exercise, is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, and is designed to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.

Obangame Express, now in its fifth year, began March 19 with 23 countries and regional organizations working in maritime operations centers and aboard ships to cooperatively leverage the Yaoundé Code of Conduct for West and Central Africa, which provides a regional framework for cooperation and information sharing.

Spearhead 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.

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