USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, August 26, 2011, for a four-day goodwill port visit after an underway period supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in the region.
This is Roberts’ fourth East African port visit in the past six weeks. The other stops were in Mombasa, Kenya; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; and Victoria, Seychelles.
During the visit U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Resources and Plans, Rear Adm. Kenneth K.J. Norton, will host a reception on the flight deck in honor of U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique Leslie V. Rowe. The ship will also participate in community service projects at a local primary school and girls´ shelter, co-host a blood drive with the U.S. Embassy, and challenge members of the Mozambique navy in a friendly soccer competition.
Commanding Officer Commander Angel Cruz said the four days in Mozambique will be busy but productive.
« It is going to be an all-hands effort to ensure we complete our goodwill mission, but I have every confidence in the professionalism and determination of this crew, » said Cruz.
« These guys have never failed to step-up to the plate when they are needed. I think a lot of them joined the Navy out of a sense of service and for the opportunity to help others who are in need. »
APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.
By Petty Officer 2nd Class William Jamieson
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/ Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs