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Mauritania partnership flight wraps up

ATAR AIRBASE, Mauritania (AFNS) -- The last full day of African Partnership Flight Mauritania was filled with a group intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning exercise, an ISR field capstone event, and the arrival of two Mauritanian Super Tucanos and a Cessna-208 Grand Caravan, Sept. 3, at Atar Airbase, here.

Six African nations participated in the week-long classroom events and completed lessons in ISR, ground and air safety procedures, and air operations center management as part of APF Mauritania before receiving their graduation certificates as part of the closing ceremony scheduled for Sept. 4.

"This training is very important and beneficial to exchange skills and share experiences for improving our nations here in Africa," said a student from Burkina Faso.

Following the last formal classroom training session, the students were met by Col. Mohammad Lehreitani, the Mauritania air force chief in command. He asked them about the instruction they received and what they learned during the week.

The final event allowed students and other distinguished visitors to view the Mauritanian air force intercepting and engaging a simulated threat using ISR capabilities.

"It was really interesting to see how everything we learned was put into use," a Mauritanian student said.

APF Mauritania was the third of its kind in 2014, but the first one co-hosted by the Mauritanian government and focused on ISR training at the request of the Mauritanian government.

About 55 African air force airmen attended the APF discussions that were designed to build aviation capacity, enhance regional cooperation, and increase interoperability throughout the region while growing international aviation knowledge and developing stronger air force partnerships.

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