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US naval ship at Dar port on training mission

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    The United States Naval ship – USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG58) – has docked at the Dar es Salaam port to conduct a five-day marine security and related courses as part of Africa Partnership Station (ASP) training program.

    Speaking to members of the press who toured the ship on Tuesday, commanding officer of the ship, Angel Cruz, said on board the vessel, there were instructors from the US and Danish navy.

    According to the commander, the experts would train students on various techniques such as search and rescue planning, small boats operation, maritime intelligence and fisheries.

    Classes are being held at both the Tanzania Naval Training school and aboard the ship itself.

    Cruz said the program was an exciting undertaking. "Tanzania has a rich culture and we want our sailors to experience the best of that culture," said the commander, adding that at the end of the program, there would be graduation ceremony to be held at the Tanzania Naval Training school on August 5, this year.

    One of the Tanzanian students, Capt Simon Kayagila from local navy said they had already learnt a lot from the program. "We have learned how to maintain proper hygiene and control of all marine sicknesses," he said.

    US ambassor to Tanzania Alfonso Leinhardt was quoted in a statement as welcoming the ship arrival. He said the program was a professional training that focused on conducting engagement activities with partners in order to establish an effective and coherent maritime security.

    "This is vitally important due to the need to work together to combat piracy, illegal fishing, drug and human trafficking that are faced by East Africa," he said.