United States Coast Guard Mohawk Arrives in Freetown

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The USCGC Mohawk arrived in Freetown this weekend for a scheduled port visit. During the visit, Mohawk will host boat tours for Sierra Leone’s government and military leaders as well as participate in discussions with members of the fishing community about the impacts of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, including a screening of a film by the award-winning Sierra Leonean Documentary. Lansana Mansaray.

“The US Embassy is proud to welcome the USCGC Mohawk to Freetown this week,” said US Ambassador David Reimer. “Supporting our partners in maritime security is a vital US policy priority. Cooperation in maritime security ensures not only safer and more secure oceans, but also helps safeguard Sierra Leone’s endangered marine biosphere, which is necessary for food security and environmental protection for future generations.”

“My crew and I are so excited to be in Freetown,” said Cmdr. Andrew Pate, Mohawk commander. “One of our main goals during this deployment was to enhance partner countries’ capacity to operate effectively in the maritime domain and promote targeted, effective and intelligence-driven enforcement operations.”

Following this port visit, Mohawk will embark on a joint mission with officers from the Joint Operations Center (JOC) of Sierra Leone’s Joint Maritime Committee (JMC) and the Ministry of Fisheries to protect Sierra Leone’s waters.

The United States and Sierra Leone have a proud history of working together to promote peace, stability, and security in Africa. In March, Sierra Leone participated in the Obangame Express 2022 exercise, West Africa’s largest annual maritime security exercise. This type of exercise strengthens partnerships and allows countries to work more closely on transnational maritime challenges.

The US shares a common interest with African partner nations in ensuring the security, safety and freedom of navigation in the waters surrounding the continent. These waters are critical to Africa’s prosperity and access to global markets.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the US Embassy in Sierra Leone.

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United States Coast Guard Mohawk Arrives in Freetown

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