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African Maritime Forces Summit

Security at Sea enables Stability Ashore

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About Us

Commander, United Stated Naval Forces Europe-Africa is excited to host the inaugural African Maritime Forces Symposium (AMFS) from 20-22 March 2023! AMFS will be NAVAF’s premier event, bringing together African Heads of Navy, Coast Guard and Naval Infantry with senior leaders from the US Navy and key allies and partners with interest in the region, including: Brazil, France, India, Italy, Japan, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom.  This symposium will be the largest maritime security-focused conference in Africa, replacing the three (3) annual exercise related Senior Leadership Symposiums (SLSs). Chiefs of Navy, Coast Guard, and Naval Infantries from Africans nations along with interested partner nations are invited to come together for a high-level forum to address maritime security challenges common within the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and Indian Ocean in order to identify, share and implement solutions. In the beautiful setting of Sal Island, Cabo Verde, participants can come together during 3 days of focused discussion so as to enhance relationships, cohesion, trust and interoperability amongst partner nations working towards maritime security.  Through forums such as this, Allies and partners in the African maritime environment can build the cohesion, competence and confidence to take collective action to increase security at sea in order to promote stability, generate investment and increase standards of living ashore.

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Presentations

The AMFS theme is “security at sea enables stability ashore.”  The first day will focus on collective responses to maritime security challenges across the continent.  The second day will include service focused events, including tours of a U.S. Navy warship and U.S. Marine Corps and Coast Guard static displays.  The final day will deal with regional challenges and responses.  Ample time will be provided for 1-on-1 meetings and networking opportunities.

The final schedule is still being discussed  Please continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information.

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Registration

Registration forms will be sent via NAVAF Action Officers to U.S. Embassy Action Officers for distribution.  Please contact your U.S. Embassy representative for more information. Registration requests will be accepted until 01 January 2023. Ensure that all participants are booking their own lodging or working with the Embassy representative to ensure bookings. Please continue to check back as registration instructions and guidance will be posted on this page.

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Contact

For any further questions or information, please contact the NAVAF Action Officer distro - fct.na.cne.amfs@eu.navy.mil