USNS Carson City Departs Senegal After Successful Visit
The USNS Carson City, a Military Sealift Command Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship, departed Dakar, Senegal, on July 10, 2019, after completing a scheduled port visit in support of its 2019 Africa Partnership Station deployment to the Gulf of Guinea. U.S. service members conducted training engagements with their Senegalese Navy partners, including patrol boat maintenance and logistics, vessel seizure, and planning for medical emergencies at sea.
During the five-day visit, military personnel provided assistance and exchanged best practices with their Senegalese counterparts:
- S. Coastguardsmen assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment Pacific as well as Spanish, Portuguese and Italian sailors conducted various visit, board, search and seizure exercises with the Senegalese navy.
- Embarked medical personnel met with their Senegalese counterparts to exchange best practices and conduct first aid drills.
- A small boat maintenance team consisting of U.S. and Spanish sailors worked with engineers from the Senegalese navy, providing shipboard maintenance on Senegalese patrol crafts.
The crew also conducted a community relations event for local children at Empire des Enfants in Dakar, where they played games and donated school supplies, games, and furniture. The Naval Forces Europe Topside Band brass band also took part in the visit, holding a public performance at the African Renaissance Monument in addition to collaborating with students from the National School of Arts in Dakar and playing for children at Empire des Enfants.
As U.S. Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi commented at a reception for military personnel and international guests, “Americans and Senegalese share the same boat,” said Mushingi. “We have to work together for the benefit of the American people, for the benefit of the Senegalese people, and for the benefit of the world.”