140411-N-ZY039-146 SEKONDI, Ghana (April 11, 2014) - U.S. Navy Capt. Marc Lederer, mission commander aboard joint, high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) hands Commissioner of Ghanaian Marine Police Asante Apeatu a signed picture during the closing ceremony for African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP). AMLEP, the operational phase of Africa Partnership Station (APS), brings together U.S. Navy, U.S. Coastguard, and respective Africa partner maritime forces to actively patrol that partner's territorial waters and economic exclusion zone with the goal of intercepting vessels that m

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140411-N-ZY039-146 SEKONDI, Ghana (April 11, 2014) - U.S. Navy Capt. Marc Lederer, mission commander aboard joint, high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) hands Commissioner of Ghanaian Marine Police Asante Apeatu a signed picture during the closing ceremony for African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP). AMLEP, the operational phase of Africa Partnership Station (APS), brings together U.S. Navy, U.S. Coastguard, and respective Africa partner maritime forces to actively patrol that partner's territorial waters and economic exclusion zone with the goal of intercepting vessels that may have been involved in illicit activity. Spearhead, the U.S. Navy's first-in-class joint, high-speed vessel, is on its maiden deployment supporting APS in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. DiNiro/ Released)