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NAVEUR-NAVAF Wraps up CFMCC Course

March 7, 2015 at 12:01 AM UTC

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NAPLES, Italy - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa wrapped up the weeklong Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Course Africa on board Naval Support Activity Naples, March 6, 2015.

Hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet and facilitated by the U.S. Naval War College, 33 senior naval leaders from maritime countries in Europe and Africa participated in seminars and discussions focusing on the effective employment of naval forces in a joint, coalition or interagency environment.

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NAPLES, Italy - Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa wrapped up the weeklong Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Course Africa on board Naval Support Activity Naples, March 6, 2015.

Hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet and facilitated by the U.S. Naval War College, 33 senior naval leaders from maritime countries in Europe and Africa participated in seminars and discussions focusing on the effective employment of naval forces in a joint, coalition or interagency environment.

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150306-N-OX801-407 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NAPLES, Italy (March. 6, 2015) Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson gives remarks at the 2015 Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Flag Course Africa in Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, March 6, 2015. Ferguson's remarks focused on the importance of leadership, cross-cultural communication and adapting to a dynamic and changing world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel P. Schumacher/Released) 150306-N-OX801-407 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY NAPLES, Italy (March. 6, 2015) Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Adm. Mark Ferguson gives remarks at the 2015 Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Flag Course Africa in Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, March 6, 2015. Ferguson's remarks focused on the importance of leadership, cross-cultural communication and adapting to a dynamic and changing world. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel P. Schumacher/Released)

Quote:

"This has been a good week, with the underlying element being trust. The very best teams in sports spend a lot of time talking about how they will play, so as we go forward, a dialogue for how we will operate together will be very important in building trust."

- Adm. Mark Ferguson, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa

"By working together, we will be very strong against maritime threats and [we] can develop maritime economies for ourselves and for our partners. These [CFMCC] exchanges will help during operations and exercises with partners and allies to share information and strengthen Africa maritime strategies."

- Capt. Neyo Takougnadi, chief of staff, Togolese navy

Quick Facts:

Throughout the course, guest speakers delivered briefs and facilitated candid discussions about maritime security, strategic and
operational planning, and command and control structures among other topics. The talks provided an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the diverse perspectives involved in a combined force.

The practical application of maritime capabilities to real-world scenarios helped improve the effectiveness of leaders to function together
at the operational level of command and control.

Now that the course is complete, participants are returning to their respective navies with new ideas and with a strengthened sense of partnership between regional leaders in Europe and Africa. Participants should also have a greater appreciation for the critical role cooperation and collaboration play in maintaining regional safety and security.

Nations participating in this year's CFMCC Course included: Algeria, Belgium, Benin, Cabo Verde, Congo, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal,
Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, United Kingdom, and the United States.

The first CFMCC Course was conducted in September 2006 at Newport, Rhode Island., and focused on U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. Since then, CFMCC has expanded to include three courses conducted periodically in the European, Middle East and Pacific regions. U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa previously hosted CFMCC courses in 2008, 2010, and 2014.

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, headquartered in Naples, Italy, oversees joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, join, and
interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

Additional Links:
http://cne-cna-c6f.dodlive.mil/naveur-navaf-hosts-cfmcc-course/

https://www.usnwc.edu/Academics/Flag-And-General-Officer-Courses/Combined-Force-Maritime-Component-Commander.aspx

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