The United States Navy warship, the U.S.S. Pharris, completed exercises off the coast of West Africa on Tuesday (25 November) after a four-day goodwill visit to the Ivory Coast.
GV U.S.S. Pharris on horizon off coast of Abidjan. (2 SHOTS)
SV Ivory Coast officer checking shells on deck of Ivory Coast gunboat.
SV Ivory Coast gunners cleaning gun. (2 SHOTS)
GV U.S.S. Pharris following gunboat.
CU U.S. officer.
GV PAN FROM U.S.S. Pharris TO red balloon in sea being used as target.
CU Ivory Coast officers firing gun with crew looking on. (3 SHOTS)
SV Radar antennae on Ivory Coast gunboat and U.S. warship following. (2 SHOTS)
SV Another Ivory Coast gunboat passing across water. (2 SHOTS)
GV U.S.S. Pharris heading towards port of Abidjan.
GV Port of Abidjan with U.S.S. Pharris entering and docking. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: The United States Navy warship, the U.S.S. Pharris, completed exercises off the coast of West Africa on Tuesday (25 November) after a four-day goodwill visit to the Ivory Coast. The Pharris is one of three U.S. ships visiting seventeen African ports during November.
SYNOPSIS: The U.S.S. Pharris is one of the U.S. Navy's forty-three Knox class frigates specialising in anti-submarine warfare. She's been attached to the Naval forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) since 1978. But along with two other warships, the Pharris was dispatched to the West African coast for an extensive training and goodwill mission. Before sailing into the port of Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan, the four-thousand-two-hundred tonne frigate engaged in a battle training exercise with the Ivory Coast Navy.
The purpose of the mission was to train Ivory Coast Naval officers in a field the Pharris was built for -- anti-submarine warfare. Using a red balloon as a target, Ivory Coast gunboats attacked an imaginary invader.
The battle training was not the only purpose of the U.S. Navy visit. It was also designed to promote good relations between the two countries and to demonstrate America's interest in maintaining stability in the Atlantic Ocean region. The Ivory Coast is keen to strengthen relations with Western military powers as concern grows in Abidjan over the war in Chad. The Navy exercises coincided with reports that about one thousand Libyan troops have stepped into the Chad war, a move that is worrying several West African governments.
The U.S.S. Pharris sailed into Abidjan on Saturday (22 November), the third American Navy vessel to visit the port in the past three years. The eighteen officers and two-hundred-and-fifty-five sailors of the Pharris went ashore for two days rest and recreation while the ship was restocked. During their stay, the crew took part in several sporting competitions against teams from the Ivory Coast armed forces, and held a party on board the ship for children from an Abidjan orphanage.