SAINT LOUIS, Senegal (Feb. 17, 2016) — Senegalese special operations forces soldiers landed on the shores of Saint Louis, Senegal, Feb. 10, during the culmination exercise of riverine training. Riverine training is one of the training events occurring in St. Louis as a part of Flintlock 2016.

U.S. Soldiers from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and special operations forces from the Netherlands partnered with the Senegalese for this training.

“The Flintlock exercise at its core is a special operations counter-terrorism exercise,” said Lt. Col. William D. Rose, Flintlock exercise director, with Special Operations Command Africa. “It is designed specifically to train and exercise regional forces by country among our African partners specifically focused on North and West Africa to counter the relevant threats that they are dealing with today.”

The focus of riverine operations is important, specifically to the Saint Louis Military Zone 2. Military Zone 2 is the military headquarters based in Saint Louis, which covers the northwest portion of the country.