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Eurasian Partnership 2018 Concludes

September 22, 2018 at 5:39 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Nelson

Senior non-commissioned officers from the U.S. Navy and allied and partner nations in Eastern Europe concluded the Eurasian Partnership Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Leadership Symposium at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, Sept. 21, 2018.

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The symposium offers an opportunity for the NCOs of participating countries to get together and share knowledge and experience among each other.

“We can’t believe we are here to attend a leadership symposium organized by the U.S. Navy,” said Master Chief Mishiame Komla, master chief petty officer of the Ghana Navy. “I think it’s a great experience and I hope that it can continue. It’s a good platform for us to share ideas and face our challenges [together].”

The week consisted of tours of the facilities, classroom and scenario based discussions, group physical training sessions, and a staff trip to the Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20).

“We have the pleasure of hosting several nations for the Eurasian Partnership NCO Symposium,” said U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Fleet Master Chief Raymond Kemp. “It’s an opportunity to share information with senior enlisted leaders from various different nations on how we can further professionalize the senior enlisted force.  It is truly a global Chiefs Mess. Not just the Navy chiefs, but also the nations here sharing their knowledge with us.”

With activities and discussions covering topics such as recruitment and training to the NCO structure of our navies, the annual Eurasia Partnership symposium continues to provide valuable multi-national training while building stronger working relationships with our allies and partners in the region.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa; headquartered in Naples; oversees joint and naval operations; often in concert with allied and interagency partners; to enable enduring relationships and increase vigilance and resilience in Europe and Africa.

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