AFRICOM

Naval Response

Ongoing activity
  • AFRICOM’s Africa Partnership Station (APS) is U.S. Naval Forces Africa’s (NAVAF) flagship maritime security cooperation program. The focus of APS is to build maritime safety and security by increasing maritime awareness, response capabilities and infrastructure
  • APS seeks to improve capabilities with partner naval forces using four “pillars” to increase maritime safety and security: (1) Develop Maritime Domain Awareness—maintaining a clear picture of the maritime environment; (2) Build maritime professionals; (3) Establish maritime infrastructure; (4) Develop response capabilities while building regional integration. (link)
  • Obangame Express, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, is an at-sea maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea. It focuses on maritime interdiction operation, as well as visit, board, search, and seizure techniques.
  • Saharan Express is an annual regional maritime exercise facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Africa off the coast of Dakar, Senegal.  The exercises are designed to enhance regional states in their ability to monitor and enforce their territorial waters and EEZs.

Industry Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Plight of Seafarers

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Messaging and Advocacy

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Regional Capacity

Ongoing activity
  • The African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) program enables African partner nations to build maritime security capacity and improve management of their maritime environment through real world combined law enforcement operations. Typically the operations employ an African host nation’s own law enforcement boarding team, along with a U.S. Coast Guard boarding team, operating from a U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Navy vessel.

Rule of Law

Ongoing activity
  • AFRICOM ‘s Office of Legal Counsel hosted Africa Military Legal Conferences in 2010 and 2011 bringing together legal experts from various African countries to discuss legal challenges and initiatives.

Coordination

Ongoing activity
  • U.S. AFRICOM's programs and activities are integrated and coordinated with the Department of State, U.S. Chiefs of Mission, and international partners (link)