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Speeches 2011

Remarks by Ambassador Lenhardt at the Africa Partnership Station (APS) USS Groves Reception

Friday, 25 February 2011
  • Honorable Minister of Defense, your Excellency, Hussein Mwinyi
  • Honorable Permanent Secretary, Andrew Nyumayo
  • Chief of Defense Force, Commander General Davis Mwamuyange
  • Commodore James Tranoris
  • Staff and crew of the USS Groves
  • Invited guests and members of the media

Good evening and welcome. It is my distinct pleasure to be able to spend this beautiful evening with all of you and the crew of the USS Groves.

Before I begin, I would like to thank Commodore James Tranoris, and the staff and crew of the USS Groves for their hospitality. Please join me in a round of applause for their hard work.

Tonight's reception is an opportunity for all of us to socialize and enjoy each other's company in an atmosphere of good conversation and entertainment provided by the U.S. Navy Band! (Applause)

The Africa Partnership Station is a professional program that focuses on conducting engagement activities with our international partners in order to establish an effective and coherent maritime security program. This is vitally important due to the need to work together to combat piracy, illegal fishing, drug and human trafficking, and other challenges that are faced by East Africa as well as the world at large.

This is no easy task due to the complexity of these issues. Fortunately, the United States and Tanzania navies are establishing solid and unwavering cooperation to confront these challenges. One of the primary examples of this cooperation is the Africa Partnership Station. To appreciate the close interaction between Commodore Tranoris, his staff and the Tanzania Peoples Defense Forces Navy, let me highlight some of the programs that have either taken place or will take place during the remainder of the USS Groves time here in port. During this past week, an exchange of ideas and concepts on Vessel Boarding Search and Seizures procedures has taken place. There has also been an exchange on Shipboard Maintenance practices as well as Junior Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership training. During the next week, there will be training on Search and Rescue procedures, Port Security and Combat First Aid Techniques. These are only a few of the key programs taking place.

Both U.S. and Tanzanian navies will greatly benefit from this cooperation. I have no doubt that when this particular visit is over, both navies will consider the February 2011 Africa Partnership Station a huge success that will build on the Africa Partnership Station events this year and the years to follow.

But let me emphasize: the only reason we are able to accomplish this is because of our close partnership with the Tanzanian navy, and our mutual commitment to conduct training and critical operations. The Tanzanian People's Defense Force navy's assistance and cooperation is essential to establishing a solid and ever-growing maritime security program in East Africa. For that, I am indeed grateful for the men and women of the Tanzanian Navy and their commitment to being our strong and supportive partner in this vital region of the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you will enjoy this evening socializing with the professional and dedicated men and women of the USS Groves as well as each other. Thank you again.