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U.S. Africa Command

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Successful Senegal engagement for APS 13

By Sgt. Marco Mancha | Marine Corps Forces Africa | September 26, 2013

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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando fires his weapon during a live fire exercise September 17, 2013.  The exercise was part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B automatic firearm. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando fires his weapon during a live fire exercise September 17, 2013. The exercise was part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B automatic firearm. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando conducts a patrol with his fellow troops during an ambush exercise September 16, 2013.  The U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Together they focused on numerous patrolling drills, as well as other live fire exercises. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando conducts a patrol with his fellow troops during an ambush exercise September 16, 2013. The U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Together they focused on numerous patrolling drills, as well as other live fire exercises. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Lance Cpl. Michael Gonzalez of Tyler, Texas, prepares ammunition for the M240B automatic firearm during a live fire exercise September 18, 2013.  The exercise was part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Lance Cpl. Michael Gonzalez of Tyler, Texas, prepares ammunition for the M240B automatic firearm during a live fire exercise September 18, 2013. The exercise was part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando fires his weapons during a live fire exercise September 17, 2013. The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Marines to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Africa Partnership Station, now in its sixth year, has seen a significant improvement in its partners’ capabilities since the start of the program.  Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando fires his weapons during a live fire exercise September 17, 2013. The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Marines to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Africa Partnership Station, now in its sixth year, has seen a significant improvement in its partners’ capabilities since the start of the program. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando prepares to sight in on a target during a patrolling exercise September 16, 2013.  The exercise was a part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with Africa Partnership Station 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando prepares to sight in on a target during a patrolling exercise September 16, 2013. The exercise was a part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with Africa Partnership Station 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos sight in on the “enemy” during patrolling exercises September 16, 2013. U.S. Marines and sailors with Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Even with the harsh weather conditions, and a language barrier, the international warriors were able to work together to make the best of the military training. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos sight in on the “enemy” during patrolling exercises September 16, 2013. U.S. Marines and sailors with Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Even with the harsh weather conditions, and a language barrier, the international warriors were able to work together to make the best of the military training. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 conduct a casualty evacuation drill September 17, 2013.  The drill was part of a larger exercise in which APS 13 spent a week in Senegal training with the country’s with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos in an effort to increase maritime security in the area and promote partnerships between the two fighting forces.  The purpose of a casevac is to transport a casualty from front-line action to a higher echelon of medical care. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 conduct a casualty evacuation drill September 17, 2013. The drill was part of a larger exercise in which APS 13 spent a week in Senegal training with the country’s with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos in an effort to increase maritime security in the area and promote partnerships between the two fighting forces. The purpose of a casevac is to transport a casualty from front-line action to a higher echelon of medical care. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos finish clearing a room during military operations in urban terrain training September 15, 2013. The drills were part of a week-long engagement with the Senegalese commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Together they covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more.  Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos finish clearing a room during military operations in urban terrain training September 15, 2013. The drills were part of a week-long engagement with the Senegalese commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Together they covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Poplar Bluff, Mo., native, Cpl. Serjio Frintrop provides security during a beach landing assault September 14, 2013. The fire team leader, along with the rest of Africa Partnership Station 13, recently completed a week-long iteration of training with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  The Senegalese forces took to the training with what seemed like great enthusiasm. Lieutenant Lucien Malack, the company commander for the Senegalese Marines said his troops definitely took a lot from the training. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Poplar Bluff, Mo., native, Cpl. Serjio Frintrop provides security during a beach landing assault September 14, 2013. The fire team leader, along with the rest of Africa Partnership Station 13, recently completed a week-long iteration of training with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese forces took to the training with what seemed like great enthusiasm. Lieutenant Lucien Malack, the company commander for the Senegalese Marines said his troops definitely took a lot from the training. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando searches a simulated suspect during military operations in urban terrain training.  The drills were part of a week-long training engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Marines covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando searches a simulated suspect during military operations in urban terrain training. The drills were part of a week-long training engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Marines covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos and U.S. Marines conduct Marine Corps Martial Arts training September 18, 2013. The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long training engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Building strong relationships with their African counterparts was a goal the Marines felt they accomplished. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos and U.S. Marines conduct Marine Corps Martial Arts training September 18, 2013. The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long training engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Building strong relationships with their African counterparts was a goal the Marines felt they accomplished. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos and U.S. Marines conduct Marine Corps Martial Arts training September 18, 2013. The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos and U.S. Marines conduct Marine Corps Martial Arts training September 18, 2013. The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando fires his weapon during a live fire exercise September 17, 2013.  The exercise was part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B automatic firearm. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando fires his weapon during a live fire exercise September 17, 2013. The exercise was part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B automatic firearm. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando conducts a patrol with his fellow troops during an ambush exercise September 16, 2013.  The U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Together they focused on numerous patrolling drills, as well as other live fire exercises. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando conducts a patrol with his fellow troops during an ambush exercise September 16, 2013. The U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Together they focused on numerous patrolling drills, as well as other live fire exercises. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Lance Cpl. Michael Gonzalez of Tyler, Texas, prepares ammunition for the M240B automatic firearm during a live fire exercise September 18, 2013.  The exercise was part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Lance Cpl. Michael Gonzalez of Tyler, Texas, prepares ammunition for the M240B automatic firearm during a live fire exercise September 18, 2013. The exercise was part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with APS 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and took turns firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando fires his weapons during a live fire exercise September 17, 2013. The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Marines to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Africa Partnership Station, now in its sixth year, has seen a significant improvement in its partners’ capabilities since the start of the program.  Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando fires his weapons during a live fire exercise September 17, 2013. The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Marines to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Africa Partnership Station, now in its sixth year, has seen a significant improvement in its partners’ capabilities since the start of the program. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando prepares to sight in on a target during a patrolling exercise September 16, 2013.  The exercise was a part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with Africa Partnership Station 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando prepares to sight in on a target during a patrolling exercise September 16, 2013. The exercise was a part of a week-long engagement in which U.S. Marines and sailors with Africa Partnership Station 13 trained with Senegalese forces to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos sight in on the “enemy” during patrolling exercises September 16, 2013. U.S. Marines and sailors with Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Even with the harsh weather conditions, and a language barrier, the international warriors were able to work together to make the best of the military training. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos sight in on the “enemy” during patrolling exercises September 16, 2013. U.S. Marines and sailors with Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Even with the harsh weather conditions, and a language barrier, the international warriors were able to work together to make the best of the military training. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 conduct a casualty evacuation drill September 17, 2013.  The drill was part of a larger exercise in which APS 13 spent a week in Senegal training with the country’s with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos in an effort to increase maritime security in the area and promote partnerships between the two fighting forces.  The purpose of a casevac is to transport a casualty from front-line action to a higher echelon of medical care. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

U.S. Marines with Africa Partnership Station 13 conduct a casualty evacuation drill September 17, 2013. The drill was part of a larger exercise in which APS 13 spent a week in Senegal training with the country’s with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos in an effort to increase maritime security in the area and promote partnerships between the two fighting forces. The purpose of a casevac is to transport a casualty from front-line action to a higher echelon of medical care. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos finish clearing a room during military operations in urban terrain training September 15, 2013. The drills were part of a week-long engagement with the Senegalese commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Together they covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more.  Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos finish clearing a room during military operations in urban terrain training September 15, 2013. The drills were part of a week-long engagement with the Senegalese commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Together they covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Poplar Bluff, Mo., native, Cpl. Serjio Frintrop provides security during a beach landing assault September 14, 2013. The fire team leader, along with the rest of Africa Partnership Station 13, recently completed a week-long iteration of training with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  The Senegalese forces took to the training with what seemed like great enthusiasm. Lieutenant Lucien Malack, the company commander for the Senegalese Marines said his troops definitely took a lot from the training. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

Poplar Bluff, Mo., native, Cpl. Serjio Frintrop provides security during a beach landing assault September 14, 2013. The fire team leader, along with the rest of Africa Partnership Station 13, recently completed a week-long iteration of training with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. The Senegalese forces took to the training with what seemed like great enthusiasm. Lieutenant Lucien Malack, the company commander for the Senegalese Marines said his troops definitely took a lot from the training. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando searches a simulated suspect during military operations in urban terrain training.  The drills were part of a week-long training engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Marines covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

A Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando searches a simulated suspect during military operations in urban terrain training. The drills were part of a week-long training engagement with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Marines covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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U.S. Marines finish clearing a room during military operations in urban terrain training September 15, 2013. The drills were part of a week-long iteration of training with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.  Marines covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more.  Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa.

U.S. Marines finish clearing a room during military operations in urban terrain training September 15, 2013. The drills were part of a week-long iteration of training with Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos, and other international forces, to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area. Marines covered many aspects of military tactics such as MOUT, patrolling, live fire basics and maneuvering, casualty evacuation drills, martial arts and more. Africa Partnership Station is a combined exercise between U.S., Dutch, Spanish, British Marines and their African partners that strengthens partnerships to improve safety and security both at sea and ashore, working together for a shared common goal that helps foster mutual trust and understanding. The international task force of Marines embarked the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) landing platform dock HNLMS Rotterdam (L800) Aug. 30 as part of a 3-month comprehensive effort to strengthen capabilities with African partner forces in West Africa. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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A Marine with Africa Partnership Station 13 fires his weapon during a battle sight zero range September 8, 2013.  Today, APS represents a wide spectrum of engagements throughout Africa, , to include conducting a BZO range, to ensure the host nations get the most out of the training.

A Marine with Africa Partnership Station 13 fires his weapon during a battle sight zero range September 8, 2013. Today, APS represents a wide spectrum of engagements throughout Africa, , to include conducting a BZO range, to ensure the host nations get the most out of the training. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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Major Kyle Andrews sights in on his target during a battle-sight zero range, September 8, 2013.  Andrews is the commanding officer for the ground combat element of Africa Partnership Station 13. Africa Partnership Station was started in 2007 as an international security cooperation initiative, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships.  Today, APS represents a wide spectrum of engagements to include conducting a BZO range, to ensure the host nations get the most out of the training.

Major Kyle Andrews sights in on his target during a battle-sight zero range, September 8, 2013. Andrews is the commanding officer for the ground combat element of Africa Partnership Station 13. Africa Partnership Station was started in 2007 as an international security cooperation initiative, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships. Today, APS represents a wide spectrum of engagements to include conducting a BZO range, to ensure the host nations get the most out of the training. (Photo by Sgt. Marco Mancha)


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THIES, SENEGAL --

A landing craft unit carrying dozens of international military forces dropped its gate off the sands of Senegal. The U.S. led the charge and stormed the beach like a wave crashing against the shores. They leaped off the ramp two by two, each wearing and carrying more than 50 pounds of gear, in an effort to get to dry land as quickly as possible.

The U.S. Marines and sailors of Africa Partnership Station 13 recently completed a week-long engagement with the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos to further promote maritime security and partnership in the area.

Africa Partnership Station, now in its sixth year, has seen improvement in its partners’ capabilities since the start of the program.  Major Kyle Andrews, the commanding officer for the ground combat element of APS 13, explained his approach in working with his Senegalese counterparts.

“I know there have been other U.S. Marine units that these particular individuals have worked with, so we didn’t want to do the same training that they’ve already received,” explained Andrews of Lexington, Ohio. “The approach we took was initially doing a lot of patrolling to see what we could learn from them as well as provide some recommendations to help them improve their tactics and techniques.”

The U.S. Marines then moved into more complex scenarios that included military operations in urban terrain, or MOUT. Building by building, the international forces focused on room clearing and search and seizure procedures.

Lieutenant Lucien Malack, the company commander for the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos, said his Marines definitely took a lot from the engagement.

“We were very happy with the training that went on,” explained Malack. “It was very beneficial to our troops. I’ve been working with the U.S. Marines for years and I really enjoy working with them every time.”

For every positive that came from the training was adversity waiting to show its grisly face. The international forces faced harsh weather conditions throughout each day.

Whether it was heavy rain, scorching heat or humidity, it seemed to make the language barrier the least of their worries.  Still, the U.S. Marines overcame the elements and made it work.

“Just yesterday we finished up the training, and it was raining pretty nasty out here, and instead of taking off, the Senegalese stuck around just to chat,” explained Andrews.  “The Marines got real close with the Senegalese…and you could tell that there was a bond being built.”

Building strong relationships with their African counterparts was a goal Andrews said he felt they were able to accomplish.  The engagement, however, did not end there.

The partner forces followed up two days of continuous MOUT exercises and patrolling with some live-fire.  Every exercise focused on weapons handling basics and accurate firing techniques.

The Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos grew even more familiar with their M16A2 assault rifles, and alternated firing the squad automatic weapons and the M240B automatic firearm.

“I really enjoyed firing the automatic weapons, and I know my Marines did as well,” said Malack.  “It is not something we get to do every day, so doing it today allowed us to grow more familiar different weapons systems as well as our own.”

One lesson shared between the Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos and the U.S. Marines came toward the end of the entire engagement; every weapon doesn’t necessarily come with a trigger or sharp edge.  Sometimes the most important weapon, according to the Marines of APS 13, is you.

The Marines spent the last day going over basic Marine Corps Martial Arts moves and techniques with their Senegalese partners, focusing on the program’s motto: One Mind, Any Weapon.  They went over basic angles of movement, different arm and leg combinations and bayonet techniques.

The engagement ended with countless smiles and friendly farewells after each Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commando was presented with a certificate of completion for the evolution that everyone successfully accomplished.



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