U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet
January 3, 2023

USCGC Spencer arrives in Praia, Cabo Verde

The Famous-class medium endurance USCGC Spencer arrived in Praia, Cabo Verde for a scheduled port visit, Jan. 2, 2023.

This port visit marks the first stop for Spencer, while employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (NAVEUR-NAVAF) area of operations. Spencer’s visit to Praia demonstrates NAVAF and the U.S. Coast Guard’s commitment and longstanding partnership to work with our African partners…in the Atlantic Ocean. During the port visit, Spencer will embark maritime counterparts from Cabo Verde, Senegal and The Gambia.


Cabo Verde is an important partner of the United States in…Africa. In December 2022, the U.S. and Cabo Verde signed a memorandum of understanding for defense cooperation between the two countries….Later this month, Cabo Verde will participate in the NAVAF-led exercise Obangame Express 2022, the largest annual maritime security exercise in Western Africa. These types of exercises strengthen partnerships and allow countries to work more closely….