United States and Mozambique Partner to Improve Maritime Security
December 7, 2022 –As part of ongoing security cooperation between the United States and Mozambique, the U.S. Government provided a 10-meter coastal patrol boat to the Mozambican Navy. In addition to the boat, Mozambican Navy officials will participate in training offered by the U.S.-based manufacturer, SAFE Boat International. The high-speed boat is valued at $700,000 and is used for interdictions and maritime boarding operations.
“This vessel will enhance maritime security and enable naval forces to respond to increasingly complex challenges and threats,” said U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique Peter H. Vrooman during the handover ceremony in Maputo. “We provide training and educational opportunities for Mozambican and American soldiers, sailors, and marines who choose to serve their country. Together, we are working toward a stronger, more resilient Mozambique,” he said.
This donation is part of a broader set of security assistance programs designed to enhance the resiliency of the Mozambican Navy in fighting terrorism and transnational organized crime throughout Mozambique. These programs include International Military Education and Training (IMET), three Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) programs, a Maritime Maintenance and Logistics Advisor program, and equipment donations designed to improve, maintain, and support the Navy in the execution of its defense strategy.
Media interested in receiving more information should contact the U.S. Embassy Press Office by e-mail: MaputoPress@state.gov.