MAPUTO, Mozambique - Spokespersons from the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, along with Mozambique military officials, jointly announced plans for Exercise Shared Accord during a press briefing at the Mozambique Ministry of Defense here, July 23, 2010.

"This exercise is part of a solid, long-term, multi-faceted partnership between the U.S. and Mozambican militaries," said Lt. Col. Andrew Olson, defense attache at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo. "Hundreds of members of both our armed forces will participate together in various types of military training, including command post, live-fire training, and peace operations, as well as sharing their experience."

The troops will also jointly provide free medical and dental care to three local communities, and rehabilitate two schools during the course of the 15-day exercise, according to Olson.

"We are confident that this exercise will help develop Mozambique's capabilities to offer additional security for its neighbors, keep Mozambique itself more free from threats to its own security, such as illegal fishing, trafficking in drugs or other illegal activities, or even the threat of piracy, and enhance its ability to effectively fight against poverty here at home," Olson added.

Shared Accord>/i> is an annually scheduled, combined, bi-lateral U.S.-partner nation event. This year, Mozambique is host for the event, which is designed to build partner nation capacity for conducting peace and stability operations, according to Captain Kate Vanden Bossche, public affairs officer for the exercise. Previously, SHARED ACCORD has taken place in locations such as Benin, Ghana, and Senegal.

Members of Mozambique's Armed Forces for the Defense of Mozambique (FADM) also met with exercise planners July 23, to coordinate logistical and security support for SA10.

The exercise, which is coordinated for U.S. Africa Command by its Marine component, U.S. Marine Forces Africa, is scheduled to conclude August 13. All U.S. servicemembers will return to their home bases in Europe and the United States at the conclusion of the exercise.