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U.S. Navy Hosts Combined Course Focused on African Maritime Security

December 4, 2018 at 9:58 AM UTC
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

Nations from Europe, Africa, North and South America gathered in Naples, Italy, for the Africa Combined Force Maritime Component Command (CFMCC) Course, Dec. 3, 2018.

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The week-long course, hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet and conducted by the U.S. Naval War College, will foster dialogue among participants to share experiences and discover innovative solutions to the challenges of today’s maritime security environment facing African nations.

“We are excited to host the CFMCC course this year,” said Adm. James G. Foggo III, commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa. “The days ahead will foster valuable discussions about the challenges and opportunities that we face in the maritime environment.”

Twenty-eight nations including 16 African nations, nine European nations, two North American nations and one South American nation are participating in this year’s CFMCC course. U.S. ambassadors from African nations will attend, as well as provide remarks throughout the course.

Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander of United States Africa Command, and Foggo are participating at various times during the course.

The course consists of seminars, discussions, and workshops led by experienced subject matter experts aimed to improve the effective employment of naval forces in a joint, coalition or interagency environment. The daily schedule includes lectures in the morning followed by afternoon break-out sessions designed as table-top exercises focused on different African maritime regions and case study reviews.  The week-long lectures, exercises, and engagements are designed to foster relationships between the participating naval leaders.

“The CFMCC course is an exciting opportunity for the U.S. Naval War College to develop and deepen relationships with our partners in the maritime community,” said retired Rear Adm. Michael White, dean of College of Maritime Operational Warfare. “It’s an opportunity to share thoughts, best practices and concepts to strengthen every participants’ understanding of maritime security issues.”

Following the course, participants will return to their respective navies with new ideas and a strengthened sense of partnership between regional leaders in Africa and Europe. Participants will also gain a greater appreciation for the critical role that cooperation and collaboration play in maintaining regional safety and security.

“It’s always great to engage with senior leaders from partner nations to learn from and share our perspectives on today’s maritime domain,” said Foggo. “Courses such as this will not only enhance our proficiency and ability to operate together, but they build upon the solid relationship that have been formed over years.”

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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