US Navy concludes West African exercises
Nov 28, 2003
The US Marines and US Navy are in the process of completing a series of training exercises involving several West African countries which has made use of the high speed catamaran HSV 2 Swift currently being evaluated by the US forces.
The exercises form part of a biennial West African Training Cruise, which have been held since 1978 to provide the opportunity for West African countries to train alongside US forces.
This year’s exercise took advantage of the presence of USN Swift, which is on her delivery voyage from Australia. The exercise also provided US forces with an opportunity of training in African conditions. The current Training Cruise involved armed forces from South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone and still has to involve Morocco and includes small boat training, river operations, amphibious operations and hand-to-hand combat.