USS Samuel B Roberts arrives in Mozambique

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The USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, on Friday for a four-day goodwill port visit. It had previously after an underway period supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the region.

This is Roberts’ fourth East African port visit in the past six weeks. The other stops were in Mombasa, Kenya; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; and Victoria, Seychelles.

During the visit U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Resources and Plans, Rear Adm. Kenneth K.J. Norton, will host a reception on the flight deck in honor of U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique Leslie V. Rowe. The ship will also participate in community service projects at a local primary school and girls´ shelter, co-host a blood drive with the U.S. Embassy, and challenge members of the Mozambique navy in a friendly soccer competition.

Commanding Officer Commander Angel Cruz said the four days in Mozambique will be busy but productive.
“It is going to be an all-hands effort to ensure we complete our goodwill mission, but I have every confidence in the professionalism and determination of this crew,” said Cruz.
“These guys have never failed to step-up to the plate when they are needed. I think a lot of them joined the Navy out of a sense of service and for the opportunity to help others who are in need.”

Meanwhile, sailors from East African navies and coast guards and the United States trained aboard two Mauritian coast guard vessels in the first of a two-part training engagement for Africa Partnership Station (APS) East on Thursday.

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.

During the visit, Mauritius hosted military personnel from Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, and the United States for training in maritime intelligence, anti-piracy and non-commissioned officer leadership.
“This has been a wonderful opportunity for both the U.S. and our African partners to enhance our capabilities to combat piracy and smuggling,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Chief (Select) Matthew Gonter, an APS instructor. “Protection of national borders and exclusive economic zones is vitally important to African nations. One of our goals with these courses is to help improve the capability of these countries to defend their interests on the high seas.”

The training focused on practicing procedures and techniques to properly board and search a vessel.
“I enjoyed attending the lectures, and this practical exercise allowed us to apply the skills we learned in the classroom and practice our techniques to make us more proficient,” said Mauritian Police Corporal Chandra Lutchmun.



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.