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By Steven Beardsley
Copyright: Stars and Stripes
ABOARD THE USNS SPEARHEAD IN THE GULF OF GUINEA — Team members wore different uniforms, spoke separate languages and relied on hand signals to communicate.
Made up of forces from Cameroon and Nigeria — neighboring countries that have historically shared little beyond a border — the special operations team inched forward together through the tight passages of this Navy catamaran during a recent vessel boarding exercise.
The drill, part of a larger Navy-hosted exercise held over several days in April, offered a glimpse of how local forces might work together to stop the kind of maritime crime that plagues this region.