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01.02.2006 General News

US Navy Commander visits Ghana

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Accra, Feb. 1, GNA - Admiral Harry Ulrich, Commander of US Naval Forces in Europe responsible for Africa, arrived in Accra on Wednesday for discussions with Ghanaian military officials as part of a three-nation West African tour.

A statement from the US Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Accra said Admiral Ulrich was working with the Gulf of Guinea region military and civilian leaders to develop cooperative maritime safety and security initiatives.

The statement said Maritime Domestic Awareness was at the top of his priorities.

"He is working to strengthen partnerships and enhance cooperation among nations that would all benefit from maritime safety and security."

The statement said success in this area could have significant positive economic impact on nations in the Gulf of Guinea region. "Illegal fishing, drug trafficking and piracy are among the numerous maritime safety and security concerns the region is currently facing," the statement said.

The US Navy has increased its visibility and focus on the region which it describes as "vital".

Admiral Ulrich commands all US Naval Forces operating off the West Africa Coast and the Mediterranean Sea.

The statement said he was responsible for USS Carr, which rescued six Ghanaian fishermen in January after they ran out of fuel, food and water.