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Capt. Cindy Thebaud meets with Spanish media aboard USS Nashville (LPD 13) .

Capt. Cindy Thebaud meets with Spanish media aboard USS Nashville (LPD...

ROTA, Spain (Jan. 28, 2009) Capt. Cindy Thebaud, commander, Africa Partnership Station 2009, meets with Spanish media aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) during the ships visit to R... more

Vice Adm. Bruce W. Clingan addresses the crew of USS Nashville (LPD 13).

Vice Adm. Bruce W. Clingan addresses the crew of USS Nashville (LPD 13...

ROTA, Spain (Jan. 28, 2009) Vice Adm. Bruce W. Clingan, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, addresses the crew of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) during the ships visit to Rota. Nashville is de... more

Senegalese Navy Lt. Cmdr. Omar Wade discusses maritime safety and security issues during a country and cultural awareness brief.

Senegalese Navy Lt. Cmdr. Omar Wade discusses maritime safety and secu...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 02, 2009) Senegalese Navy Lt. Cmdr. Omar Wade discusses maritime safety and security issues during a country and cultural awareness brief at an all hands call aboard the amphibious transpor... more

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling 3rd Class Juan Garza finishes a mural for Africa Partnership Station 2009 aboard USS Nashville (LPD 13).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling 3rd Class Juan Garza finishes a mur...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 02, 2009) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Handling 3rd Class Juan Garza finishes a mural for Africa Partnership Station 2009 on the hangar bay of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville ... more

A landing craft utility motors out of the well deck of USS Nashville (LPD 13).

A landing craft utility motors out of the well deck of USS Nashville (...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 03, 2009) A landing craft utility motors out of the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), transporting Marines and Seabees participating in Africa Partners... more

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Chris Connor stands by to shift colors.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Chris Connor stands by ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 03, 2009) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Chris Connor stands by to shift colors as the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) pulls into Dakar, Senegal for th... more

French Navy Cmdr. Denis Jolas and Sailors man the rails of USS Nashville (LPD 13).

French Navy Cmdr. Denis Jolas and Sailors man the rails of USS Nashvil...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 03, 2009) French Navy Cmdr. Denis Jolas and Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) as the ship pulls into Dakar, Senegal for the first African po... more

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) ride a rigid hull inflatable boat to the pier in Dakar, Senegal to prepare for Nashville's arrival.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 03, 2009) Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) ride a rigid hull inflatable boat to the pier in Dakar, Senegal to prepare for Nashville's arrival. N... more

Sailors man the rails of USS Nashville (LPD 13).

Sailors man the rails of USS Nashville (LPD 13).

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 03, 2009) Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) man the rails as the ship prepares to pull into Dakar, Senegal for the first African port visit of Africa ... more

Chief Engineman Edward Young speaks with an African naval officer.

Chief Engineman Edward Young speaks with an African naval officer.

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 04, 2009) Chief Engineman Edward Young speaks with an African naval officer on the pier after the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) pulled into Dakar, Senegal for Africa... more

Musician 2nd Class Kori Gillis sings for the students of Lycee Abdoulaye.

Musician 2nd Class Kori Gillis sings for the students of Lycee Abdoula...

SADJI, Senegal (Feb. 04, 2009) Musician 2nd Class Kori Gillis sings for the students of Lycee Abdoulaye during his performance with the Diplomats, the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe (CNE) Band and CNE subs... more

Chief Hospital Corpsman Paul Green mans the rails with other members of the medical department as the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) pulls into Dakar, Senegal.

Chief Hospital Corpsman Paul Green mans the rails with other members o...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 04, 2009) Chief Hospital Corpsman Paul Green mans the rails with other members of the medical department as the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) pulls into Dakar, Seneg... more

nternational Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13).

nternational Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock sh...

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 04, 2009) International Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) as Nashville pulls into Dakar, Senegal for the first port visit of Africa Partners... more

Musician 1st Class Duke Stuble lets students of Lycee Abdoulaye take turns learning about different musical instruments.

Musician 1st Class Duke Stuble lets students of Lycee Abdoulaye take t...

SADJI, Senegal (Feb. 04, 2009) Musician 1st Class Duke Stuble lets students of Lycee Abdoulaye take turns learning about different musical instruments after his performance with the Diplomats, the Commander, U.... more

An international group of Sailors discuss the Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2009 training schedule in Dakar, Senegal.

An international group of Sailors discuss the Africa Partnership Stati...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 04, 2009) An international group of Sailors discuss the Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2009 training schedule in Dakar, Senegal, aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (L... more

Musician 2nd Class Antonio Rice plays the trumpet for students of Lycee Abdoulaye.

Musician 2nd Class Antonio Rice plays the trumpet for students of Lyce...

SADJI, Senegal (Feb. 04, 2009) Musician 2nd Class Antonio Rice plays the trumpet for students of Lycee Abdoulaye during his performance with the Diplomats, the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe (CNE) Band and... more

Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13).

Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashvi...

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 04, 2009) Sailors man the rails of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) as it pulls into Dakar, Senegal, for the first port visit of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 20... more

Ghana Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Agambiere mans the rails aboard the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13).

Ghana Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Agambiere mans the rails aboard the flight ...

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 04, 2009) Ghana Navy Lt. Cmdr. James Agambiere mans the rails aboard the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) as the ship prepares to pull in to Dakar, S... more

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13) secure the Africa Partnership Station brow skirt shortly after the Nashville arrives in Dakar, Senegal.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 1...

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 04, 2009) Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville (LPD 13) secure the Africa Partnership Station brow skirt shortly after the Nashville arrives in Dakar, Senegal. Af... more

Capt. Cindy Thebaud, commanding officer of Africa Partnership Station speaks with an embarked trainee during a shipboard indoctrination class aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13).

Capt. Cindy Thebaud, commanding officer of Africa Partnership Station ...

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 05, 2009) Capt. Cindy Thebaud, commanding officer of Africa Partnership Station speaks with an embarked trainee during a shipboard indoctrination class aboard the amphibious transport dock ... more

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes, a member of Africa Partnership Station 2009, shows digital photos on his camera to the children of the Gallo Diouf Elementary School.

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes, a member of Afri...

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 07, 2009) Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes, a member of Africa Partnership Station 2009, shows digital photos on his camera to the children of the Gallo Diouf Elementary... more

Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Terrence Byrnes, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), plays a drum at the Gallo Diouf Elementary School.

Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Terrence Byrnes, assigned ...

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 07, 2009) Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Terrence Byrnes, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), plays a drum at the Gallo Diouf Elementary Scho... more

Lt. j.g. Leonard Green Green a Senegal Navy captain a tour of the bridge of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13).

Lt. j.g. Leonard Green Green a Senegal Navy captain a tour of the brid...

DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 10, 2009) Lt. j.g. Leonard Green gives a Senegal Navy captain a tour of the bridge of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13). Nashville is deployed as part of Africa Part... more

Storekeeper 2nd Class Dale Newman and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Karl Kho compete in a sumo wrestling contest during a steel beach picnic.

Storekeeper 2nd Class Dale Newman and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Karl...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 14, 2009) Storekeeper 2nd Class Dale Newman and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Karl Kho compete in a sumo wrestling contest during a steel beach picnic commemorating the 39th birthday of the a... more

International partners aboard the amphibious dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) man the rails as the ship arrives in Sekondi, Ghana.

International partners aboard the amphibious dock ship USS Nashville (...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Feb. 20, 2009) International partners aboard the amphibious dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) man the rails as the ship arrives in Sekondi, Ghana. Nashville is part of Africa Partnership Station,... more

Sailors aboard the amphibious dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) man the rails as the ship arrives in Sekondi, Ghana.

Sailors aboard the amphibious dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) man the...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Feb. 20, 2009) Sailors aboard the amphibious dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) man the rails as the ship arrives in Sekondi, Ghana. Nashville is part of Africa Partnership Station, an internation... more

Coast Guardsmen review visit, board, search & seizure procedures with Ghanaian Sailors.

Coast Guardsmen review visit, board, search & seizure procedures with ...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Feb. 25, 2009) Coast Guardsmen with the International Training Division review visit, board, search & seizure procedures with Ghanaian Sailors as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2009 ab... more

A Ghanaian, Cameroonian and U.S. Sailor load donated Project Handclasp materials for a community relations project.

A Ghanaian, Cameroonian and U.S. Sailor load donated Project Handclasp...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Feb. 26, 2009) A Ghanaian, Cameroonian and U.S. Sailor load donated Project Handclasp materials for a community relations project as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2009. APS, an intern... more

 Ghanaian, Cameroonian and U.S. Navy Sailor load donated Project Handclasp materials for a community relations project.

Ghanaian, Cameroonian and U.S. Navy Sailor load donated Project Handc...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Feb. 26, 2009) A Ghanaian, Cameroonian and U.S. Navy Sailor load donated Project Handclasp materials for a community relations project as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2009. APS, an i... more

Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Cliffton Harrison trains sailors from Cape Verde.

Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Cliffton Harrison trains sailors from Cape Verde.

Sekondi, Ghana, (Feb. 26, 2009) Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Cliffton Harrison trains sailors from Cape Verde aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) during Africa Partnership Station (APS) 200... more

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) deliver medical supplies and medicine donated by Project Handclasp and Project Hope.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (...

SEKONDI, Ghana, (Mar. 04, 2009) Sailors assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) deliver medical supplies and medicine donated by Project Handclasp and Project Hope to Effia Nkwanta... more

Operations Specialist 1st Class Demetrice Saunders, center, speaks with embarked trainees aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13).

Operations Specialist 1st Class Demetrice Saunders, center, speaks wit...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 12, 2009) Operations Specialist 1st Class Demetrice Saunders, center, speaks with embarked trainees aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13). Nashville is deployed a... more

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) prepare for a stern gate marriage with a landing craft unit.

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 1...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 12, 2009) Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) prepare for a stern gate marriage with a landing craft unit. A stern gate marriage connects the back of th... more

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) prepare for a stern gate marriage with a landing craft unit.

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 1...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 12, 2009) Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) prepare for a stern gate marriage with a landing craft unit. A stern gate marriage connects the back of th... more

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) salute the Nigerian Navy frigate NNS Aradu (F 89) while pulling into Lagos Nigeria.

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 1...

LAGOS, Nigeria (Mar. 17, 2009) Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) salute the Nigerian Navy frigate NNS Aradu (F 89) while pulling into Lagos Nigeria. Nashville is deployed ... more

Nigerian navy members demonstrate pipe patching techniques.

Nigerian navy members demonstrate pipe patching techniques.

LAGOS, Nigeria (Mar. 20, 2009) Nigerian navy members demonstrate pipe patching techniques as Machinery Repairman 2nd Class Steven Mitchell, assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13),... more

Cpl. Michael Connor, a Marine Advisor Team member assigned to Africa Partnership Station Nashville, interacts with the children at Western Naval Command Primary School during their lunch break.

Cpl. Michael Connor, a Marine Advisor Team member assigned to Africa P...

LAGOS, Nigeria (Mar. 22, 2009) Cpl. Michael Connor, a Marine Advisor Team member assigned to Africa Partnership Station Nashville, interacts with the children at Western Naval Command Primary School during thei... more

Lt. Cmdr. Shay Ramzi, a dentist with the Africa Partnership Station Nashville Department of Defense medical and dental team, gives an oral exam to a child at the Centre Arc-en-Ciel children's shelter.

Lt. Cmdr. Shay Ramzi, a dentist with the Africa Partnership Station Na...

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (Apr. 16, 2009) Lt. Cmdr. Shay Ramzi, a dentist with the Africa Partnership Station Nashville Department of Defense medical and dental team, gives an oral exam to a child at the Centre Arc-en-... more

Lt. Cmdr. Shay Razmi, a dental officer embarked aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), administers Novocain to a patient before extracting a tooth during an Africa Partnership Station medical civic action project.

Lt. Cmdr. Shay Razmi, a dental officer embarked aboard the amphibious ...

PORT GENTIL, Gabon (Apr. 21, 2009) Lt. Cmdr. Shay Razmi, a dental officer embarked aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), administers Novocain to a patient before extracting a tooth d... more

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Warrant Officer Rene Martin discusses proper boat maintenance with Gabon military members aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13).

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Warrant Officer Rene Martin discusses prope...

PORT GENTIL, Gabon (Apr. 22, 2009) U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Warrant Officer Rene Martin discusses proper boat maintenance with Gabon military members aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (L... more

Quartermaster 3rd Class Marchello Fields, embarked aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), carries boxed supplies donated to Project Handclasp.

Quartermaster 3rd Class Marchello Fields, embarked aboard the amphibio...

PORT GENTIL, Gabon (Apr. 23, 2009) Quartermaster 3rd Class Marchello Fields, embarked aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13), carries boxed supplies donated to Project Handclasp into a... more

Marines from Morocco participate in small arms practical training exercises during exercise Phoenix Express 2009.

Marines from Morocco participate in small arms practical training exer...

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Apr. 28, 2009) Marines from Morocco participate in small arms practical training exercises during exercise Phoenix Express 2009. Phoenix Express is part of the overall U.S. Africa Command and... more

An Italian Marine participates in a cargo container inspection exercise during exercise Phoenix Express 2009.

An Italian Marine participates in a cargo container inspection exercis...

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Apr. 28, 2009) An Italian Marine participates in a cargo container inspection exercise during exercise Phoenix Express 2009. Phoenix Express is part of the overall U.S. Africa Command and U.S... more

Gabonese sailors depart for a fisheries workshop headed by Africa Partnership Station Nashville.

Gabonese sailors depart for a fisheries workshop headed by Africa Part...

PORT GENTIL, Gabon (Apr. 29, 2009) Gabonese sailors depart for a fisheries workshop headed by Africa Partnership Station Nashville. Africa Partnership Station is a multinational initiative developed by Commande... more

Gabonese sailors gather information during a visit, board, search and seizure workshop at Marine Nationale Base Navale.

Gabonese sailors gather information during a visit, board, search and ...

PORT GENTIL, Gabon (Apr. 29, 2009) Gabonese sailors gather information during a visit, board, search and seizure workshop at Marine Nationale Base Navale. The event took place during Africa Partnership Station ... more

Turkish sailors perform fast-rope exercises from a U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during exercise Phoenix Express.

Turkish sailors perform fast-rope exercises from a U.S. Navy MH-60S Se...

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Apr. 30, 2009) Turkish sailors perform fast-rope exercises from a U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter during exercise Phoenix Express. Phoenix Express is part of the overall U.S. Africa Comm... more

Greek sailors form up after completing a fast-roping exercise from a Greek SH-60 Seahawk helicopter during exercise Phoenix Express.

Greek sailors form up after completing a fast-roping exercise from a G...

SOUDA BAY, Greece (Apr. 30, 2009) Greek sailors form up after completing a fast-roping exercise from a Greek SH-60 Seahawk helicopter during exercise Phoenix Express. Phoenix Express is part of the overall U.S.... more

A Sailor aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) prepares to toss a mooring line as the ship pulls into Naval Station Rota, Spain, after supporting Africa Partnership Station.

A Sailor aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD ...

ROTA, Spain (May. 29, 2009) A Sailor aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Nashville (LPD 13) prepares to toss a mooring line as the ship pulls into Naval Station Rota, Spain, after supporting Africa Pa... more

Damage Controlman 1st Class James Harry trains Djiboutian sailors in hose-handling techniques on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51).

Damage Controlman 1st Class James Harry trains Djiboutian sailors in h...

DJIBOUTI (Jun. 11, 2009) Damage Controlman 1st Class James Harry trains Djiboutian sailors in hose-handling techniques on the flight deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51). Arleigh Burk... more

Djiboutian Navy Cpl. Abdoullauder Issa tests a full fire-fighting ensemble and MCU-2P gas mask after receiving damage control familiarization training.

Djiboutian Navy Cpl. Abdoullauder Issa tests a full fire-fighting ense...

DJIBOUTI (Jun. 11, 2009) Djiboutian Navy Cpl. Abdoullauder Issa tests a full fire-fighting ensemble and MCU-2P gas mask after receiving damage control familiarization training from U.S. Sailors in the mess deck... more

Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa receives a check for $44,473.90 from Renee S. Acosta, President and CEO of Global Impact

Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U...

NAPLES, Italy (Jul. 20, 2009) Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa receives a check for $44,473.90 from Renee S. Acosta, President and CEO of Global Impa... more

Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, presents the Legion of Merit to Rear Adm. Charles J.

Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U...

: NISIDA, Italy (Jul. 20, 2009) Adm. Mark Fitzgerald, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, presents the Legion of Merit to Rear Adm. Charles J. "Joe" Leidig during a change o... more

 Hospital Corpsman 2nd class Lillian A. Ramirez, assigned to Naval Hospital Portsmouth, removes bandages from a woman suffering from second degree burns.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd class Lillian A. Ramirez, assigned to Naval Hos...

, TUBMANBERG, Liberia (Sep. 10, 2009) Hospital Corpsman 2nd class Lillian A. Ramirez, assigned to Naval Hospital Portsmouth, removes bandages from a woman suffering from second degree burns. Africa Partnership... more

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets Chief Boatswain's Mate Timothy Kelker during a closing reception for the Africa Partnership Station Swift (HSV2) visit to Liberia.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets Chief Boatswain's Mate ...

MONROVIA, Liberia (Sep. 15, 2009) Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets Chief Boatswain's Mate Timothy Kelker during a closing reception for the Africa Partnership Station Swift (HSV2) visit to Liberia... more

Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Christian Harvey holds his nine-month old daughter.

Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Christian Harvey ho...

NORFOLK (Dec. 03, 2009) Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Christian Harvey holds his nine-month old daughter aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) as... more

A Sailor lowers the ensign on the fantail of USS Nicholas (FFG 47).

A Sailor lowers the ensign on the fantail of USS Nicholas (FFG 47).

NORFOLK (Dec. 03, 2009) A Sailor aboard the Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) lowers the ensign on the fantail as the ship sets sail for a scheduled deployment supporting Af... more

High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV-2) arrives in Naples, Italy for a brief port visit.

High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV-2) arrives in Naples, Italy for a brief p...

NAPLES, Italy (Dec. 28, 2009) High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV-2) arrives in Naples, Italy for a brief port visit. Swift will depart Naples for its mission with the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) to A... more

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Congo Alan Eastham, right, and Cmdr. Charles L. Sellers, commanding officer of the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Congo Alan Eastham, right, and Cmdr...

POINTE NOIRE, Republic of Congo (Jan. 18, 2010) U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Congo Alan Eastham, right, and Cmdr. Charles L. Sellers, commanding officer of the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts... more

Lt. Brandon Le takes notes as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eve McAnallen instructs him on advanced French.

Lt. Brandon Le takes notes as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eve McAnallen in...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2010) Lt. Brandon Le, from Monterey, Calif., officer-in-charge of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) West meteorological and oceanographic Detachment aboard the amphibious dock landin... more

The guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius during an Africa Partnership Station East port visit.

The guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) arrives in Port Louis...

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (Feb. 21, 2010) The guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius during an Africa Partnership Station East port visit. Africa Partnership Station is an int... more

The Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe rock band, The Flagship, perform for the crew of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) as the ship arrives at Naval Station Rota for a port visit.

The Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe rock band, The Flagship, perfo...

ROTA, Spain (Feb. 22, 2010) The Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe rock band, The Flagship, perform for the crew of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) as the ship arrives at Naval Stati... more

A section of a portable classroom is craned aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).

A section of a portable classroom is craned aboard the amphibious dock...

ROTA, Spain (Feb. 24, 2010) A section of a portable classroom is craned aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44). The classrooms will be used during Africa Partnership Station West. Gun... more

Ensign Emily Pena, an engineering officer aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47), instructs an Africa Partnership Station East student how to communicate ship coordinates with the bridge during a man overboard drill.

Ensign Emily Pena, an engineering officer aboard the guided-missile fr...

INDIAN OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2010) Ensign Emily Pena, an engineering officer aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47), instructs an Africa Partnership Station East student how to communicate ship coord... more

The Belgian navy command and logistical support ship BNS Godetia (A 960) arrives in Doula, Cameroon.

The Belgian navy command and logistical support ship BNS Godetia (A 96...

DOULA, Cameroon (Mar. 01, 2010) The Belgian navy command and logistical support ship BNS Godetia (A 960) arrives in Doula, Cameroon as part of the European-led portion of Africa Partnership Station West engagem... more

Congolese navy students embark the Belgian navy command and logistical support ship BNS Godetia (A 960).

Congolese navy students embark the Belgian navy command and logistical...

DOULA, Cameroon (Mar. 01, 2010) Congolese navy students embark the Belgian navy command and logistical support ship BNS Godetia (A 960) at the Djeujo commercial port for an Africa Partnership Station traning ex... more

Sailors from the Nigerian navy listen as Damage Controlman 1st Class Cory Webb, from Smithfield, Va., demonstrates how to properly use an emergency escape breathing device (EEBD) during a training session.

Sailors from the Nigerian navy listen as Damage Controlman 1st Class C...

LAGOS, Nigeria (Mar. 08, 2010) Sailors from the Nigerian navy listen as Damage Controlman 1st Class Cory Webb, from Smithfield, Va., demonstrates how to properly use an emergency escape breathing device (EEBD) ... more

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) man the rails as the ship arrives in Sekondi, Ghana.

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunsto...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 10, 2010) Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) man the rails as the ship arrives in Sekondi, Ghana, for the first African port visit of Afri... more

Quartermaster 2nd Class Kasey Henderson, left, Lt. j.g. Dan Ciullo plot the course for the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44).

Quartermaster 2nd Class Kasey Henderson, left, Lt. j.g. Dan Ciullo plo...

SEKONDI-TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 10, 2010) Quartermaster 2nd Class Kasey Henderson, left, from Lake City, Fla., and ship's navigator, Lt. j.g. Dan Ciullo, from Orlando, Fla., plot the course for the amphibious doc... more

A Sailor assigned to the deck department aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) heaves a line to the pier.

A Sailor assigned to the deck department aboard the Whidbey Island-cla...

SEKONDI-TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 10, 2010) A Sailor assigned to the deck department aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) heaves a line to the pier as the ship arri... more

Sailors talk to children at St. Theresa's Early Childhood Development Centre during a lunch break.

Sailors talk to children at St. Theresa's Early Childhood Development ...

SEKONDI-TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 11, 2010) Operations Specialist 3rd Class Amanda Britten, from State College, Pa., Lt. Megan Brelsford, from Albany, N.Y., and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Erly Heras, from San Dieg... more

Sailors visit St. Theresa's Early Childhood Development Centre.

Sailors visit St. Theresa's Early Childhood Development Centre.

SEKONDI-TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 11, 2010) Cmdr. Fred Wilhelm, commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), center, holds hands with a child while speaking with Chief Builder J... more

Quartermaster 2nd Class Roger Moore chips paint from the walls of St. Theresa's Early Childhood Development Centre during a three-day community relations project.

Quartermaster 2nd Class Roger Moore chips paint from the walls of St. ...

SEKONDI-TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 11, 2010) Quartermaster 2nd Class Roger Moore, from Lafayette, Ind., chips paint from the walls of St. Theresa's Early Childhood Development Centre during a three-day community rel... more

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Earl Schlemmer conducts a basic small-boat operation seminar with Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Benin sailors.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Earl Schlemmer conducts a basic sm...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 11, 2010) Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Earl Schlemmer, from Ellwood, Pa., assigned to the Coast Guard's International Training Division, conducts a basic small-boat operation seminar... more

Engineman Fireman Roberto Martinez, from San Diego, cleans shutters at St. Theresa's Early Childhood Development Centre.

Engineman Fireman Roberto Martinez, from San Diego, cleans shutters at...

SEKONDI-TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 11, 2010) Engineman Fireman Roberto Martinez, from San Diego, cleans shutters at St. Theresa's Early Childhood Development Centre. Sailors assigned to the amphibious dock landing s... more

Cmdr. Fred Wilhelm, commanding officer of the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44),

Cmdr. Fred Wilhelm, commanding officer of the Whidbey Island-class amp...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 12, 2010) Cmdr. Fred Wilhelm, commanding officer of the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), helps deliver Project Handclasp material to children at ... more

Musician 2nd Class Justin Strauss and Musician 2nd Class Allison Baine clap along with boys and girls from the Egyam Orphanage Foundation.

Musician 2nd Class Justin Strauss and Musician 2nd Class Allison Baine...

TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 14, 2010) Musician 2nd Class Justin Strauss, left, from Marietta, Ga., and Musician 2nd Class Allison Baine, from Frederick, Md., assigned to the U.S Naval Forces Europe Band, clap along w... more

Musician 2nd Class Justin Strauss and Musician 2nd Class Allison Baine entertain boys and girls from the Egyam Orphanage Foundation.

Musician 2nd Class Justin Strauss and Musician 2nd Class Allison Baine...

TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 14, 2010) Musician 2nd Class Justin Strauss, left, from Marietta, Ga., and Musician 1st Class Roger Starcher, from Ripley, W.V., both assigned to the U.S Naval Forces Europe Band, entertai... more

uilder 3rd Class Martin Riddle references his notebook for the rough dimensions for a hole he is repairing

uilder 3rd Class Martin Riddle references his notebook for the rough d...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 15, 2010) Builder 3rd Class Martin Riddle, from Vale, N.C., assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7, embarked aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship U... more

Nigerian sailor Maji Isah Ocheje demonstrates proper knot-tying techniques during a basic small boat operation workshop.

Nigerian sailor Maji Isah Ocheje demonstrates proper knot-tying techni...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 15, 2010) Nigerian sailor Maji Isah Ocheje demonstrates proper knot-tying techniques during a basic small boat operation workshop aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat to Coast Guard Chief Wa... more

talian navy Lt. Federico Panconi shows an example of a properly constructed fishing net to Nigerian and Ghanaian sailors.

talian navy Lt. Federico Panconi shows an example of a properly constr...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 15, 2010) Italian navy Lt. Federico Panconi, from Rome, assigned to Africa Partnership Station (APS) West, embarked aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), shows ... more

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Earl Schlemmer shows Nigerian navy Petty Officer Ademola Obalaja proper knot-tying techniques during a basic small boat operation workshop.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Earl Schlemmer shows Nigerian navy...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 15, 2010) Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Earl Schlemmer, an Africa Partnership Station (APS) West instructor, from Ellwood City, Pa., shows Nigerian navy Petty Officer Ademola Obalaja ... more

Ghana navy Chief Petty Officer Akakpo Cudjoe points in the direction of a life ring.

Ghana navy Chief Petty Officer Akakpo Cudjoe points in the direction o...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 15, 2010) Ghana navy Chief Petty Officer Akakpo Cudjoe points in the direction of a life ring as Nigerian navy Able Seaman Quarter Armory 2nd Class Useini Owuna steers a rigid hull inflatab... more

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kisha Wright paints the outer wall at the Sekondi School for the Deaf.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kisha Wright paints the outer wall at the ...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 15, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Kisha Wright, from Valdosta, Ga., assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), paints the outer wall at... more

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Matthew Colemaw gives a Ghanaian woman an eye examination.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Matthew Colemaw gives a Ghanaian woman an ...

TEMA, Ghana (Mar. 17, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Matthew Colemaw, from Indianapolis, gives a Ghanaian woman an eye examination during a medical outreach program at Manhean Health Center as part of Africa... more

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Edward Price fills a prescription during a medical outreach program at Manhean Health Center.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Edward Price fills a prescription during a...

TEMA, Ghana (Mar. 17, 2010) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Edward Price, from Chicago, fills a prescription during a medical outreach program at Manhean Health Center as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) We... more

Air Force Capt. Eirleen Hyun performs a dental examination on a Ghanaian patient as dental assistant Air Force Sgt. Michael Wilde and Air Force Airman 1st Class Sable Price assists her.

Air Force Capt. Eirleen Hyun performs a dental examination on a Ghanai...

TEMA, Ghana (Mar. 17, 2010) Air Force Capt. Eirleen Hyun, right, from Seattle, performs a dental examination on a Ghanaian patient as dental assistant Air Force Sgt. Michael Wilde, top left, from Jacksonville, ... more

Ensign Jessica Wood, from Klamath Falls, Ore., assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), hands Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Muhammad Aadam,

Ensign Jessica Wood, from Klamath Falls, Ore., assigned to the Whidbey...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 18, 2010) Ensign Jessica Wood, from Klamath Falls, Ore., assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), plays soccer during a match with the Gh... more

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Vole Hunt and Boatswain's Mate Seaman Aaron Edgertonperform maintenance on portable cleats used for mooring small boats.

Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Vole Hunt and Boatswain's Mate Seaman Aaron...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 19, 2010) Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Vole Hunt, left, from Virginia Beach, Va., and Boatswain's Mate Seaman Aaron Edgerton, from Orange, Texas, perform maintenance on portable cleats used f... more

Engineman 3rd Class Bryce Tucker watches from a rigid-hull inflatable boat as Sailors participate in a swim call.

Engineman 3rd Class Bryce Tucker watches from a rigid-hull inflatable ...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 21, 2010) Engineman 3rd Class Bryce Tucker, right, a search and rescue swimmer from Crystal Lake, Ill., assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (L... more

Benin navy Petty Officer Adoukonou Jacques, right, and Chief Hekponwe Severin use a Navy fire-fighting thermal imagery device.

Benin navy Petty Officer Adoukonou Jacques, right, and Chief Hekponwe ...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 22, 2010) Benin navy Petty Officer Adoukonou Jacques, right, and Chief Hekponwe Severin, both Africa Partnership Station West students embarked aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious do... more

Nigerian navy Cmdr. Godffrey Kwetishe fills a weather balloon with helium.

Nigerian navy Cmdr. Godffrey Kwetishe fills a weather balloon with hel...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 23, 2010) Nigerian navy Cmdr. Godffrey Kwetishe, part of an Africa Partnership Station West international staff embarked aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gun... more

Ensign Michael Manaski watches as the re-fueling hose from the German navy Type 702 Berlin-class combat support ship Frankfurt Am Main (A 1427) is pulled in.

Ensign Michael Manaski watches as the re-fueling hose from the German ...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 24, 2010) Ensign Michael Manaski, from Virginia Beach, Va., assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), watches as the re-fueling hose from ... more

Sailors assigned the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) heave on a phone-and-distance line.

Sailors assigned the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock-landing ship...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 24, 2010) Sailors assigned the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) heave on a phone-and-distance line during an underway replenishment with the Germa... more

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Raymond Thomas unhooks a span line from a re-fueling hose during an underway replenishment.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Raymond Thomas unhooks a span line from a ...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 24, 2010) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Raymond Thomas, from Bennettsville, S.C., assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), unhooks a span l... more

Lt. j.g. Andrew Grantham uses Nigerian Navy Petty Officer Obalaja Adegboyega to demonstrate an escorting technique.

Lt. j.g. Andrew Grantham uses Nigerian Navy Petty Officer Obalaja Adeg...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 25, 2010) Lt. j.g. Andrew Grantham, assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard International Training Division, uses Nigerian Navy Petty Officer Obalaja Adegboyega to demonstrate an escorting techniq... more

Engineman Fireman Stephens Orrin, from Hamilton, Mont., assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), climbs a cargo net as part of a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training exercise.

Engineman Fireman Stephens Orrin, from Hamilton, Mont., assigned to th...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 25, 2010) Engineman Fireman Stephens Orrin, from Hamilton, Mont., assigned to the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), climbs a cargo net as part of ... more

Students participating in Africa Partnership Station West practice escorting techniques taught by personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard International Training Division.

Students participating in Africa Partnership Station West practice esc...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 25, 2010) Students participating in Africa Partnership Station West practice escorting techniques taught by personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard International Training Division during a Basi... more

Musician 2nd Class Allison Baine performs for more than 300 children at the Colin Powell Cultural Center.

Musician 2nd Class Allison Baine performs for more than 300 children a...

SEKONDI, Ghana (Mar. 28, 2010) Musician 2nd Class Allison Baine, assigned to U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, Five Star Brass Quintet, performs for more than 300 children at the Colin Powell Cultural Center. The ... more

Five Star Brass perform for the children at St. Theresa Early Childhood Centre.

Five Star Brass perform for the children at St. Theresa Early Childhoo...

TAKORADI, Ghana (Mar. 29, 2010) The U.S. Naval Forces Europe (NAVEUR) Band jazz quintet, Five Star Brass, perform for the children at St. Theresa Early Childhood Centre during the dedication of a playground ref... more

Capt. Cindy Thebaud talks to Ghana Sailors about their performance following a visit, board, search and seizure drill.

Capt. Cindy Thebaud talks to Ghana Sailors about their performance fol...

GULF OF GUINEA (Mar. 30, 2010) Capt. Cindy Thebaud, commander of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West, talks to Ghana Sailors about their performance following a visit, board, search and seizure drill aboard t... more