US Department of Defense and the Cameroon Ministry of Defense begin season of military exercises
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The United States Defense Attaché Office in Yaoundé and the Cameroon Ministry of Defense will be working together to host three international military exercises during the period from mid-January through the end of February.
During the exercises, members of the U.S. armed forces will serve as trainers, observers and/or facilitators to attain each exercise’s unique goals. The first will be conducted in Bamenda and is a training partnership exercise whose primary participants will be U.S. and Cameroonian Special Forces. The second, Exercise Central Accord, is an international medical and logistics exercise which will involve seven African militaries. Finally, the annual naval exercise Obangame Express will focus on communication and security techniques for naval forces in the Gulf of Guinea region and will be the final exercise of the quarter in which seventeen countries will participate. Both Central Accord and Obangame Express will take place in Douala. All told, among the three exercises, Cameroon will host participants from four continents—Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.
The exercises are a means by which the United States contributes to the ongoing professional development and training of the Cameroonian military and are another aspect of the broad partnership between the United States and Cameroon. By serving as host for these exercises, Cameroon demonstrates its regional leadership in security and military training.
General Carter Ham, commander of United States’ Africa Command (AFRICOM), U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson, and senior officials from the Cameroonian Ministry of Defense are expected to be present at various related ceremonies.
For more information, please contact the United States Embassy in Yaounde, Press section Tel 22 20 15 00, ext 4162 or 4273.