HSV Swift begins SME exchanges in Barbados

HSV Swift begins SME exchanges in Barbados

By Dialogo
August 17, 2010

I lived in Barbados in 1952 and I now witness with admiration the level of technology which Barbados has reached, I hope they keep growing because they are a hard-working people.
Sailors and Marines deployed aboard High Speed Vessel (HSV) Swift 2 began subject matter expert (SME) exchanges in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The exchanges support Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2010’s primary mission of information sharing with navies, coast guards, and civilian services in the U.S. Southern Command’s Area of Responsibility throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

“These professional exchanges between the U.S. and Barbados are what SPS 2010 is all about,” said Capt. Kurt Hedberg, mission commander, SPS 2010. “Over the upcoming weeks we will forge a valuable partnership with defense forces in Barbados, which we hope will result in long-lasting maritime security for both nations in the future.”

Scheduled SME exchanges for the upcoming weeks include small boat maintenance, port and physical security, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations, and tactical land navigation and martial arts facilitated by the embarked Marine Corps detachment.

While each exchange includes some lecture and group discussion, much of the time is spent in hands-on exhibitions of one another’s knowledge and expertise on a particular topic.

“It’s always great to get together with another nation’s military and show them what we know, but it’s also exciting to learn about their way of doing the same job,” said Hedberg. “While we hope we have a lot to offer with our knowledgeable facilitators, we know we’re also going to learn a lot from the experts here in Barbados.”

Swift’s crew is scheduled to conduct SME exchanges in Barbados for the next two weeks, and will continue the deployment throughout the region until early this fall.