AMLEP Boarding Teams issue Citations off West Africa

ATLANTIC OCEAN – A Combined Ghanaian Boarding team completed a second boarding with support from United States Coast Guard aboard USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) Feb. 6, 2016 as part of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP).

The joint Ghanaian boarding team issued the commercial fishing vessel ZHONG LU YU 1003 a citation and return to port order for a restricted area violation.

Continue reading for some quick facts and additional links …

160206-N-QF605-009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2016) - Members of the Ghanaian Navy, U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment and U.S. Navy prepare to board a fishing vessel during combined joint boarding operations aboard a rigid hull inflatable boat Feb. 6, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)

160206-N-QF605-009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2016) – Members of the Ghanaian Navy, U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment and U.S. Navy prepare to board a fishing vessel during combined joint boarding operations aboard a rigid hull inflatable boat Feb. 6, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)

 

Quick Facts:

  • The USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) escorted the vessel toward the port of Tema where it was handed off to the Ghanaian Navy for escort into the harbor where Ghanaian Fisheries authorities will investigate the boat for further violations.
  • Operations are being conducted from the Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1), in coordination with the Ghanaian maritime operations center. Vessel queries and boardings have commenced and the operation’s objectives are to detect and enforce maritime law against illegal activity while also increasing proficiencies of the forces that are participating in the operation.
  • AMLEP is companion to and nested within the international collaborative capacity-building initiative Africa Partnership Station (APS). APS, like AMLEP, seeks to build maritime security capacity in order to increase maritime safety and security.
  • USNS Spearhead deployed from Norfolk, Va. Dec. 30, 2015 and is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support APS and conduct AMLEP operations.
  • U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

From U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

160206-N-QF605-013 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2016) - A member of the Ghanaian Navy stands aboard a fishing vessel during a combined joint boarding operation Feb. 6, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)

160206-N-QF605-013 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2016) – A member of the Ghanaian Navy stands aboard a fishing vessel during a combined joint boarding operation Feb. 6, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)

160206-N-QF605-020 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2016) - A fisherman shows a space to a Ghanaian boarding member aboard a fishing vessel during a combined joint boarding operation Feb. 6, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)

160206-N-QF605-020 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2016) – A fisherman shows a space to a Ghanaian boarding member aboard a fishing vessel during a combined joint boarding operation Feb. 6, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)

160206-N-QF605-061 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2016) - Ghanaian boarding members talk aboard a fishing vessel during a combined joint boarding operation Feb. 6, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)

160206-N-QF605-061 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2016) – Ghanaian boarding members talk aboard a fishing vessel during a combined joint boarding operation Feb. 6, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford/Released)

160206-N-WV703-208  ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 06, 2016) - Ghanaian Navy members, U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment members and U.S. Navy Sailors make for a fishing vessel during combined joint boarding operations (T-EPF 1) Feb. 06, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead  (T-EPF 1)  is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amy M. Ressler/Released)

160206-N-WV703-208 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 06, 2016) – Ghanaian Navy members, U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment members and U.S. Navy Sailors make for a fishing vessel during combined joint boarding operations (T-EPF 1) Feb. 06, 2016. The Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support the international collaborative capacity-building program Africa Partnership Station. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amy M. Ressler/Released)

 

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