While in Abidjan, the crew of Mohawk will interact with the naval forces of Côte d’Ivoire, including medical treatment, close combat and care of the wounded, intelligence on contraband and its management, visit demonstrations , Advice, Search and Seizure (VBSS).
A common commitment
“Mohawk’s visit to Côte d’Ivoire demonstrates our shared commitment to safety, security and prosperity in the region,” said Commander Andrew Pate of USCGC Mohawk (WMEC 913). “We are excited to experience the rich culture of Abidjan and participate in joint training to enhance our interoperability and enhance mutual maritime security interests in the Gulf of Guinea.” The Mohawk is the first American ship to visit the Ivory Coast in three years.
“We are extremely pleased that the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk is in Abidjan this week as part of their goodwill patrol and presence in the region.
In July 2019, USNS Carson City (T-EPF 7) made a port visit where partner naval forces embarked in Carson City to conduct logistics and small boat maintenance exercises, survey, boarding, search and seizure (VBSS) and medical response scenarios. Over the past decade, the United States has intensified maritime security cooperation with partners on Africa’s Atlantic coast to enhance maritime domain awareness and protection of our sovereign waters.
“We are extremely pleased that the US Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk is in Abidjan this week as part of their goodwill patrol and presence in the region. The Mohawk visit is just one more example of the many ways the United States and Ivory Coast are working together to improve security and support economic development in the region. When the seas are safe from illicit activities – whether illegal fishing, piracy, smuggling or trafficking – trade can thrive,” said the U.S. Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire. Ivory, Richard K. Bell.
The United States and Ivory Coast share a proud history of promoting peace and stability in the South Atlantic. Later this month, Côte d’Ivoire maritime forces will participate in the Maritime Operations Planning Workshop (MOPW) jointly led by the United States and Denmark; which allows mid-level officers from African navies and coastguards to exchange operational planning experiences and plan real-world exercises. In March, Côte d’Ivoire also participated in Exercise Obangame Express 2022, the largest annual maritime security exercise in West Africa.
These types of exercises strengthen partnerships and allow nations to work more closely on common transnational maritime challenges.
These types of exercises strengthen partnerships and allow nations to work more closely on common transnational maritime challenges. The United States shares a common interest with African partner nations in ensuring safety, security, and freedom of navigation in the waters surrounding the continent, as these waters are critical to Africa’s prosperity and access to global markets. Mohawk is forward deployed to the U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) area of operations as part of the U.S. 6th Fleet.
Mohawk is on patrol in West Africa to demonstrate its partnership with regional partners and conduct a routine presence patrol. Since July, Mohawk has made stops in Senegal, Gambia and Sierra Leone. Mohawk is the 13th and last of the “Famous” class cutters. It is named after the Algonquin tribe of Iroquois Indians who lived in the Mohawk Valley of New York.
Mohawk is the third cutter to bear this name. Mohawk’s parent command is the United States Coast Guard Atlantic Zone. The U.S. Coast Guard’s Atlantic Zone, headquartered in Portsmouth, Va., oversees all Coast Guard operations east of the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf, spanning five Coast Guard Districts and 40 states. .