Ghana, US Maritime Forces complete Operation

A three-week combined maritime law enforcement operation between Ghanaian and US maritime forces has ended.

It formed part of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) the operational phase of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) programme. 

A statement issued by the Public Affairs section of the US Embassy in Accra said during the operation, a combined US-Ghanaian boarding team detected three fishing vessels that were fishing illegally in Ghanaian waters.  

It said a fisheries agent from the Fisheries Commission of Ghana, embedded with the combined boarding team, recorded specific infractions for those vessels based on Ghanaian fishery regulations.

“The combined boarding team consisted of Ghanaian Navy and Marine Police personnel alongside a US Coast Guard law enforcement detachment,” it said.  

The statement said operations were conducted from the US Navy’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) and in close coordination with the Maritime Operations Centre at the Western Command Naval Base in Sekondi, Ghana.  

Spearhead, the US Navy’s first JHSV, which departed Norfolk, Va., in mid-January, was on its maiden deployment and serving to enhance the Africa Partnership Station programme through exercises and bi-lateral engagements.

It explained that the APS was an international collaborative maritime security capacity-building programme that sought to improve maritime security by increasing tactical expertise, information sharing and regional cooperation. 

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