West African Training Cruise '05

Dr. Hibbs spent his two week Navy Reserve duty participating in the West African Training Cruise from July 7-24, 2005. 

Countries:  Cameroon, Gabon & United States

Dates:  July 2005


West African Training Cruise 2005 is a classic naval presence mission conducted annually since 1978 in West African littoral nations. The cruise alternates annually between a series of Seabee construction projects and a medical visit (odd years) and an amphibious ship visit (even years). The purpose is to exercise and demonstrate readiness of intra-theater and third-country support; exercise plans and procedures to supply engineering support to Sub-Sahara Africa; provide area oriented essential training for engineering forces in contingency missions in Africa; and maintain and extend combined operational capability with allied and friendly nations’ armed forces.