The June 2008 deployment of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas (WHEC-716) to West and Central Africa marked the first multi-lateral combined maritime law enforcement operation ever conducted in Africa. And it occurred in the wake of the first bilateral agreement for maritime law enforcement between the United States and an African country. The Dallas was deployed as the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Africa Partnership Station (APS), an initiative to enable maritime safety and security in the region. Also participating were the Cape Verdean Coast Guard and French Navy.
By most accounts, the operation was an unqualified success and may provide a template for future maritime safety and security interactions for U.S. maritime forces in Africa.