U.S. Special Operations Command Africa conducted a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) alongside the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces Marine Special Forces in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, concluding in November 2023. This four-week exchange focused on enhancing military-to-military interoperability, with a particular emphasis on maritime security skills such as visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS). The training aimed to strengthen the partnership between the U.S. and Tanzania and bolster regional security in East Africa.
- Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET): U.S. Special Operations Command Africa conducted a JCET alongside Tanzanian Marine Special Forces in Tanzania, emphasizing special operations training and military interoperability.
- Maritime Security Skills: During the training, partner forces worked on tactical skills, including VBSS, to enhance maritime security and cooperation in vital waterways in East Africa.
- Strengthening U.S.-Tanzania Partnership: The U.S. has a 60-year partnership with Tanzania and conducts JCETs to broaden the scope of security cooperation, including civil affairs elements, and strengthen diplomatic ties.
- Regional Security: The training aimed to contribute to regional security in East Africa, with a focus on maintaining stability in Tanzania and fostering better trading partnerships with the rest of the world.
- U.S. Special Operations Engagement in Africa: U.S. special operations forces actively seek cooperative engagements across the African continent to strengthen partnerships and enhance regional security.