USNS Spearhead: Saharan Express 2014 & Dakar port visit

USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) joined 12 West African and European partner nations for Exercise Saharan Express in the waters off West Africa, March 10-14. Saharan Express is one of four African regional exercises facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet as part of ongoing efforts to increase maritime domain awareness. Spearhead played the role of a suspect vessel, which  participating nations at multiple maritime operations centers in various areas could track. The following blog highlights photos from the exercise, and Spearhead’s port visit to Dakar, Senegal.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 11, 2014) - Dustin Mallieux, 3rd mate aboard joint, high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), looks through his binoculars during exercise Saharan Express. Spearhead, the U.S. Navy's first-in-class joint high-speed vessel, is on its maiden deployment supporting theater security cooperation efforts and the international collaborative capacity-building program, Africa Partnership Station, in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 11, 2014) – Dustin Mallieux, 3rd mate aboard joint, high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), looks through his binoculars during exercise Saharan Express. Spearhead, the U.S. Navy’s first-in-class joint high-speed vessel, is on its maiden deployment supporting theater security cooperation efforts and the international collaborative capacity-building program, Africa Partnership Station, in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro)

 

DAKAR, Senegal (March 13, 2014) - Lt. Cmdr. Emma Mathis, supply officer for the military detachment USNS Spearhead, poses for a photo with the recipients of Project Handclasp aid while the ship is in Dakar, Senegal for a regularly scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN  Justin R. DiNiro)

DAKAR, Senegal (March 13, 2014) – Lt. Cmdr. Emma Mathis, supply officer for the military detachment USNS Spearhead, poses for a photo with the recipients of Project Handclasp aid while the ship is in Dakar, Senegal for a regularly scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro)

DAKAR, Senegal (March 13, 2014) - A U.S. Marine assigned to Special Marine Air-Ground task force Africa 14 aboard Spearhead heaves line ashore as the ship arrives in Dakar. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. DiNiro/ Released)

DAKAR, Senegal (March 13, 2014) – A U.S. Marine assigned to Special Marine Air-Ground task force Africa 14 aboard Spearhead heaves line ashore as the ship arrives in Dakar. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Justin R. DiNiro/ Released)

DAKAR, Senegal (March 13, 2014) - Lt. Cmdr. Emma Mathis, supply officer for the military detachment USNS Spearhead, poses for a photo with the recipients of Project Handclasp aid while the ship is in Dakar, Senegal for a regularly scheduled port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN  Justin R. DiNiro)

DAKAR, Senegal (March 14, 2014) - Capt. Doug Casavant (center), Spearhead’s civil service master, gives a tour of the ship in Dakar. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro)

DAKAR, Senegal (March 14, 2014) – Capt. Doug Casavant (center), Spearhead’s civil service master, gives a tour of the ship in Dakar. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro)

DAKAR, Senegal (March 15, 2014) - Lt. Cmdr. Steve Murdock, operations officer aboard Spearhead, gives a tour of the ship to sailors in the Italian Navy while the ship is pier side in Dakar. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro)

DAKAR, Senegal (March 15, 2014) – Lt. Cmdr. Steve Murdock, operations officer aboard Spearhead, gives a tour of the ship to sailors in the Italian Navy while the ship is pier side in Dakar. (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Justin R. DiNiro)

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