NAPLES, Italy (NNS) — Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa Adm. Michelle J. Howard completed a two-day trip to Algeria, May 24.
During the trip Adm. Howard met with U.S. and Algerian civilian and military officials to discuss the enduring relationship shared by the nations’ militaries.
Additionally, Howard and her delegation visited the Algerian naval headquarters and its maritime operations center, toured an Algerian navy ship, and experienced Algerian culture by participating in local tours of the host nation. The admiral also met with partners at the African Union Fusion and Liaison unit, as well as the African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism.
“I very much appreciate the opportunity to meet with Algerian leadership,” said Adm. Howard. “Our militaries have common purposes, and we are all committed to the fight against terrorism and the promotion of security in the region.”
The visit allowed Howard to see first-hand Algeria’s naval forces and the significant contributions they have made toward enhancing stability and security throughout the region.
“This visit also gave me the opportunity to discuss the standup of NATO’s hub at Joint Force Command Naples,” said Howard. “Our intent is to create an inclusive information sharing exchange and contribute to the coordination of organizations focused on the Middle East and North Africa.”
The United States and Algeria are two nations with enduring bilateral partnership. The recent completion of exercise Phoenix Express 2017 demonstrated the commitment between the two countries and their navies.
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