Operation Junction Rain: US concludes maritime training with Senegal, Cabo Verde

he Senegalese navy patrol ship Fouladou pulls into the Senegalese Navy Base during Operation Junction Rain. Photo: US Navy

US Navy and Coast Guard personnel concluded law enforcement training with Senegalese Marine and Navy and Cabo Verde Coast Guard units as part of operation Junction Rain (OJR).

OJR, the operational phase of the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership, concluded with a debriefing conference on September 15.

During this phase, U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team 406, based in Miami, Florida, acted in an accompany, advise and assist role to the Senegalese law enforcement and Cabo Verde Coast Guard boarding teams as both countries conducted real-world boarding operations.

These boardings consisted of identifying targets of interest, employing small boats with teams aboard, then embarking the vessel to investigate. During this inspection, the three countries worked together to review documentation, detect illicit activity and enforce maritime law pertaining to the respective coastal nation’s authorities and jurisdiction.

During the operation, U.S., Senegalese, and Cabo Verde teams performed 22 boardings, providing a more secure maritime environment for African partner nations.

In addition to conducting boardings, the three countries exchanged best practices across a broad spectrum of maritime operations including water safety and at-sea vessel boarding, inspection, and search procedures.

The AMLEP program enables African partner nations to build maritime security capacity and improve management of their maritime environment through real world combined maritime law enforcement operations. AMLEP is a parallel program of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) initiative focusing on building African Partner Nations’ maritime domain awareness.

– AMLEP pairs a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment with partner nation maritime forces and interagency personnel to execute combined law enforcement operations. The boarding teams operate from partner nation vessels to reinforce the rule of law in the maritime areas of the African partner nation by identifying suspect vessels and detecting and combating illicit and criminal activities.

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