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DRILL REPORT: US/Mozambique’s Shared Accord 2010 July 30-August 13, 2010 July 27, 2010

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DRILL REPORT: US/Mozambique’s Shared Accord 2010 July 30-August 13, 2010

Where: Mozambique
When: July 30-August 13, 2010
Who: US and Mozambican militaries, coordinated by US African Command (AFRICOM)



U.S. and Mozambican Officials Announce SHARED ACCORD 2010

U.S. Marine Sgt. Lydia M. Davey, Marine Forces Africa
US Marines
July 26, 2010

MAPUTO, Mozambique (24 July 2010) — Spokespersons from the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, along with Mozambique military officials, jointly announced plans for Exercise SHARED ACCORD 2010 during a press briefing at the Mozambique Ministry of Defense here, July 23.

“This exercise is part of a solid, long-term, multi-faceted partnership between the U.S. and Mozambican militaries,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Olson, defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy here. “Hundreds of members of both our armed forces will participate together in various types of military training, including command post, live-fire training, and peace operations, as well as sharing their experience.”

The troops will also jointly provide free medical and dental care to three local communities, and rehabilitate two schools during the course of the 15-day exercise, according to Olson.

“We are confident that this exercise will help develop Mozambique’s capabilities to offer additional security for its neighbors, keep Mozambique itself more free from threats to its own security, such as illegal fishing, trafficking in drugs or other illegal activities, or even the threat of piracy, and enhance its ability to effectively fight against poverty here at home,” Olson added.

SHARED ACCORD is an annually scheduled, combined, bi-lateral U.S.-partner nation event. This year, Mozambique is host for the event, which is designed to build partner nation capacity for conducting peace and stability operations, according to Capt. Kate Vanden Bossche, public affairs officer for the exercise. Previously, SHARED ACCORD has taken place in locations such as Benin, Ghana, and Senegal.

Members of Mozambique’s Armed Forces for the Defense of Mozambique (FADM) also met with exercise planners July 23, to coordinate logistical and security support for SA10.

The exercise, which is coordinated for U.S. Africa Command by its Marine component, U.S. Marine Forces Africa, is scheduled to conclude Aug. 13. All U.S. service members will return to their home bases in Europe and the United States at the conclusion of the exercise.

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