The 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter LEGARE, homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia, is all set to deploy to Africa for three months today on a maritime safety and security exchange with countries along the west and central coast of Africa. As the primary Africa Partnership Station (APS) platform, LEGARE and her roughly 100 member crew will visit and work with such countries as Morocco, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde. She is performing this mission under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, to support the Navy’s 6th Fleet.
APS is an ongoing support mission made up of multi-national governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to help African nations improve maritime security and stability, which will support a safe and stable global sea trade environment.
This is the second time LEGARE has deployed in support of the Navy’s operations in Africa. In 2007, she deployed to the Gulf of Guinea region of West Africa for 108 days where she conducted professional training, operations and community service with such countries as Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and the Togolese Republic.
Fair Winds and Following Seas to CGC LEGARE and her crew!