A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the establishment of a US military harbour security force at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti.
Officials from United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), the Djiboutian government and US and Djiboutian military personnel attended the ceremony at Port de Djibouti.
Commander of US Africa Command, General William ‘Kip’ Ward, CJTF-HOA Commander Rear Admiral Tony Kurta, Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Djibouti, Eric Wong, and Camp Lemonier’s Commanding Officer, Captain William Finn were in attendance to witness the historic step toward enhancing the security operations for the port, UN News Centre reports.
The new harbour security force was established after many months of coordination between the US Navy’s Camp Lemonier leadership and the Djiboutian Navy. The establishment of the harbour security force will enable increased capabilities to protect maritime vessels transiting through the port in addition to providing training and operational opportunities between US and Djiboutian personnel.
The harbour security force will consist of personnel from other US Navy installations throughout the Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia region. The diverse group of harbour security professionals will ensure the port is and will stay a secure environment for conducting maritime operations.
Finn said this diverse group of harbour security professionals will ensure the port is and will stay a secure environment to conduct maritime operations.
“I am honoured to recognize and commemorate the efforts made between US and Djiboutian forces in support of our harbour security force,” said Finn.
”Working together to compliment each other’s capabilities, we have increased our ability to protect our ships as well as provide training and operational opportunities between US and Djiboutian personnel. I sincerely appreciate the great support from our Djiboutian hosts.”
Camp Lemonier, Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa and is the only US military infrastructure located in Africa to provide a base of operations for support services.
The camp has approximately 2500 US, joint and allied military forces, civilian personnel, Department of Defence contractors and 1200 local and third country nation workers.
The camp is the primary base of operations for US Africa Command in the Horn of Africa and supports more than 23 tenant commands, including Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa; US Army 218th Field Artillery Regiment; and naval mobile construction battalion detachments.