The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) has arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, for a scheduled port visit in support of its 2019 Africa Partnership Station (APS) deployment to the Gulf of Guinea.
It docked in Lagos on 27 July after visiting Ghana. “Our team is excited to be here in Lagos, Nigeria,” said Cmdr. Tyrone Bruce, officer in charge of the military detachment aboard Carson City. “The scheduled engagements will provide opportunities to strengthen the relationship between our countries allowing us to achieve greater progress though partnership.”
This is the fourth port visit of Carson City’s deployment in the region. Carson City has previously visited Dakar, Senegal; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; as well as Sekondi and Tema, Ghana.
While in Lagos, embarked forces aboard Carson City were scheduled to work with their Nigerian counterparts to conduct small boat logistics and maintenance, visit, board search and seizure engagements, various first aid scenarios, band performances and community outreach.
Along with the U.S. Sailors and Coastguardsmen, embarked Spanish, Portuguese and Italian sailors were due to work side-by-side with the Nigerians.
“We’re really excited to be playing for our Nigerian partners again, since our last visit to Lagos we were so well received,” said Musician 3rd Class Michael Parker, a member of the Naval Forces Europe’s New Orleans bass brand, Topside. “We have a lot of really awesome performances lined up, so we hope to reach a pretty wide audience!”
Carson City is currently deployed to the Gulf of Guinea to demonstrate progress through partnerships and U.S. commitment to West African countries through small boat maintenance assistance, maritime law enforcement engagement, and medical and community relations outreach, the US Navy said.
APS is U.S. Forces Africa’s flagship maritime security cooperation program focusing on maritime safety and s security through increased maritime awareness, response capabilities, and infrastructure. It consists of the various exercises and operations conducted by U.S., European, and African partners and allies throughout the U.S. Africa Command area of operations.