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12 April 2014

Ghana and U.S. Maritime Forces Complete Combined Operation.

Ghanaian and United States (U.S) maritime forces have completed a three-week combined maritime law enforcement operation as part of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), the operational phase of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) programme.

A press release from the Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Accra copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the combined boarding team consisted of Ghanaian Navy and Marine Police personnel alongside a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment.

During the operation, a combined U.S-Ghanaian boarding team detected three fishing vessels that were fishing illegally in Ghanaian waters. A fisheries agent from the Fisheries Commission of Ghana embedded with the combined boarding team, recorded specific infractions for these vessels based on Ghanaian fishery regulations.

The release further stated that the operations were conducted from the U.S. Navys joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) and in close coordination with the Maritime Operations Center at the Western Command Naval Base in Sekondi, Ghana.

Spearhead, the U.S. Navys first JHSV, which departed Norfolk, Virginia, in mid-January, is on its maiden deployment and serving to enhance the Africa Partnership Station program through exercises and bi-lateral engagements.

APS is an international collaborative maritime security capacity-building program that seeks to improve maritime security by increasing tactical expertise, information-sharing and regional cooperation.



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