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NEWS | March 22, 2022

Shipboard Preventive Medicine Event occurs during Obangame Express 22

By U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa / U.S. Sixth Fleet Public Affairs

U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (NAVEUR/NAVAF) Force Medical coordinated a five-day Traveling Contact Team (TCT) event in support of Exercise Obangame Express 2022 (OE 22).  Lt. Tal-Beth Cohen, Lt. Rodney Lindsay, and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Lauren Kennedy assigned to Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit 7 conducted the TCT, sharing their knowledge and skills with partners in Ghana.

The event capitalized on the maritime focus of Obangame Express 22 by introducing shipboard preventive medicine topics with the Ghanaian Navy, Air Force, and Army.

The five-day event featured participation from Ghanian Armed Forces medical staff and students, and consisted of discussions, subject matter exchanges, and practical application of shipboard preventive medicine topics. 

Topics of discussion included preventative medicine, medical surveillance, pest management, food safety and water quality, and health promotions.

“Working with the Ghanaian military was a very enriching and fulfilling experience,” said Kennedy. “We had a successful exchange of knowledge and learned about the local culture along the way.”

The TCT provided a platform to strengthen maritime partnerships between the US and Ghana, and demonstrated NAVEUR/NAVAF’s commitment to working alongside partners to identify shared solutions.

Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), OE22 is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of participating nations to counter sea-based illicit activity.

U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.