Two US Marine Corps UH-1N ‘Hueys’ of HMLA-733 deployed to the Dutch amphibian command vessel Zr. Ms. Rotterdam on Thursday August 29, 2013, for a 2.5 month long exercise off the coast of western Africa, the Dutch ministry of Defence writes in a press release.
Apart from the helicopters US and Spanish marines embarked onto the Rotterdam just off the Spanish coast. Together with British and Dutch colleagues they will train military personnel from African nations. This exercise African Winds is an initiative of the US Africa Command. The Rotterdam serves as flagship and local operational headquarters of the training force.
The first marine units already started their training to personnel in Morocco and Senegal. Ghana follows next week. The training includes jungle ops, amphibian ops and boarding operations – how to tactically insert teams onto ships. As soon as the Dutch amphibian command vessel is present, marines from the joining four NATO countries and their African counterparts will train together with naval personnel. The USMC Hueys provide support and a training platform during the exercise.
Source: NL Ministerie van Defensie