AFRICOM donates US$200,000 for equipment for the Cape Verdean coastguard

22 August 2011

Praia, Cape Verde, 22 Aug – The United States African Command (AFRICOM) and the Cape Verdean Armed Forces signed a cooperation protocol in Praia worth US$200,000, for the acquisition of equipment for Cape Verde Coastguard patrol ships.

The signing of the protocol marks the end of a joint patrol mission in the seas around the archipelago by the Cape Verdean coastguard and the US military.

This mission was carried out, from 12 to 18 August 2011, by the US coastguard ship “Forward” and by the Cape Verdean coastguard, and also involved the Military Police, the Criminal Police, the Directorate-General for Fisheries and the Maritime and Port Institute.

In June, 2010, a Maritime Security Centre (COSMAR) was inaugurated in the Cape Verdean capital, the second of its kind in Africa funded by the United States, as part of AFRICOM, costing US$3 million. (macauhub)