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US delivers four patrol vessels to Djibouti

3rd March 2020 - 14:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The US delivered four 27ft Defender patrol vessels to the Armed Forces of Djibouti (FAD) as part of a train-and-equip defence partnership.

The delivery was confirmed by the US Naval Forces Europe-Africa in a tweet released on 29 February.

The move was facilitated by the State Department, USAFRICOM, US Naval Forces Africa and the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.

The vessels are commonly used by the US Coast Guard and have also been provided to Benin, Liberia and Togo.

Djibouti remains a key strategic partner for the US due to its proximity to key international shipping routes in the Gulf of Aden. In December 2019, a $31m military aid package to the country supplied 54 new M1151 Humvee military vehicles now in use by the Djiboutian Rapid Intervention Battalion.


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