Only Africans Can Solve Africa’s Problems – US General

Only Africans Can Solve Africa’s Problems – US General

Only Africans Can Solve Africa’s Problems – US General Rear Admiral Chase D. Patrick, a prominent U.S. military official, has emphasized the importance of African-led solutions to the continent’s problems during a press briefing at the Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. As the Director of Maritime Headquarters at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and

Only Africans Can Solve Africa’s Problems – US General

Rear Admiral Chase D. Patrick, a prominent U.S. military official, has emphasized the importance of African-led solutions to the continent’s problems during a press briefing at the Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.

As the Director of Maritime Headquarters at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and Sixth Fleet, he spoke about Exercise Obangame Express 2023, which is one of the three African regional exercises he oversees and is sponsored by the U.S. Africa Command.

The General responded to a question on how Obangame enables collaborative solutions to the insurgency problems across the coastline of West Africa.

Patrick said U.S. Naval Forces remain committed to being a reliable and long-term partner in Atlantic Africa as security on the waters surrounding the continent was critical to maintaining a safe global environment.

The senior officer confirmed America was aware that the dynamic threat posed by violent extremist organizations do require creative and collaborative solutions.

Patrick commended African nations for taking the lead in pushing maritime security toward the top of their international agenda.

The U.S. Naval Forces, he continued, sees the development of maritime skills and enhanced relationships with African partners as a critical piece to enhancing maritime safety.

Obangame Express provides the opportunity to collaborate and work on combined capabilities to combat maritime challenges, the Rear Admiral explained.

“From boarding procedures to legal jurisdiction and prosecution, we’re working together to become a stronger force.

“We recognize that African problems can only be solved by African solutions, and that is why we’re here, to learn from each other and share ideas to enhance maritime security.”

Patrick added that building good relationships, training and operating together in the form of exercises ultimately builds trust, the foundation of any good relationship.

The General oversees all Africa partnership station exercises in West, North, and East Africa, which includes Obangame, Phoenix, and Cutlass Express.

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