SEKONDI, Ghana (NNS) ? High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) arrived in Ghana on August 12th to begin a port visit in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West 2012.


Embassy of the United States of America
Embassy of the United States of America

During the visit, the crew of Swift will engage in a variety of events which support APS goals with a focus on building cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services to achieve common international goals, primarily stability and security.


A team of doctors and nurses on the vessel will conduct the Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) during a three-day outreach event at Supomu Dunkwa Health Centre. ?The event begins Aug. 14 and, along with providing health care services to the public, the medical team will also work with health professionals from Ghana to share information and best practices.


Swift will offload various humanitarian supplies as part of Project Handclasp, which is a U.S. Navy initiative that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian, and goodwill material overseas by ship on a space available basis.


Subject-matter expert exchanges will be conducted by U.S. Marines from Members of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Africa (SPMAGTF) 12-2 Security Cooperation Team 6, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) instructors. ?Members of the Nigerian navy will conduct a leadership course for non-commissioned officers on the vessel as well.


HSV-2 Swift is an Australian built, privately-owned, privately-operated vessel that has been outfitted for the US Navy. ?Swift is crewed by civilian mariners, who operate, navigate, and engineer the ship, and a military detachment which oversees theater security cooperation efforts.


By:?Embassy of?the United States of America




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