While Tanzania and the United States have worked together for many years thanks to their common goal of peace and stability in Africa, this recent growth in military ties through the Africa Partnership Station truly shows how their relations are growing.
Just last month, on June 23, a Military Sealight Command-chartered High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) spent twelve days in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, to support Africa Partnership Station (APS) East 2012. In 2010, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and over 130 sailors from Tanzania’s navy participated in training from the US soldiers during a similar visit to Dar es Salaam. Not only were Tanzanian soldiers trained, but US Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents conducted training and facilitated information exchange in areas such as leadership, port security, martial arts, and riot control. These visits are not only militarily significant, but show a level of trust and deep diplomatic ties.
This partnership between the US and Tanzanian navies has been expanding since 2007, when US began participating in training events and regional exercises led by the Africa Partnership Station in an effort to improve maritime safety and security.
The Africa Parternship Station is an international security cooperation initiative that works to strengthen global maritime partnerships and maritime safety and security in Africa. APS believes that an increase in maritime security abilities in Africa will contribute to development, economic prosperity and security, and help to deter violent extremist ideology ashore. in teh last five years APS has worked with partners in the United States, Europe, and South America; all united by this common goal of maritime security.
I believe that this approach to development and insecurity in Africa is one that has high potential. The three main goals of APS include deterring piracy, stopping illicit trafficking, and protecting resources. These points are all major obstacles to propserity in Africa, and this approach, with the cooperative approach to security, could aid to decreasing trafficking of drugs and persons as well as deter piracy in the immediate future.
Not only is this effort particularly important to the African Presidential Center because of our common goals of promoting peace and stability in Africa, but also because eleven of the countries we work with are involved. Benin, Cape Verde, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania are all participating in 2012 APS activities, as well as the United States.
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