Partnership in Action
By Dialogo July 01, 2010
High Speed Vessel Swift, or HSV 2, along with various Navy and Marine Corps
units, departed Naval Station Mayport in Florida on May, 2010 to conduct a
five-month mission to participate in Southern Partnership Station 2010, an annual
deployment to boost information sharing in the Caribbean and Latin America. SPS
focuses on information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services
throughout the region.
While in port, personnel aboard the Swift participated in Project Handclasp,
a U.S. Navy program that transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill material
aboard U.S. Navy ships for distribution to foreign nations. Pallets and two fire
engines were donated to Nicaragua by the Wisconsin National Guard State Partnership
Program for transportation, and Sailors aboard the Swift delivered medical supplies
and equipment to the local hospital in Port Antonio, Jamaica.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the U.S. Navy, along with the
U.S. Embassy, for this donation,” Wendy Allen-Davis, senior medical officer at the
Port Antonio Hospital said. “We hope that we will continue this partnership and that
we can also look forward for these gifts we are so very grateful for in the future.”
U.S. Navy Sailors and Marines on the Swift also conducted exchanges with
subject matter experts from the region. During the SPS deployment, the Swift visited
Barbados, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica,
Nicaragua, Panama and Suriname.
Some of the topics discussed during the visits included port security,
professional development for noncommissioned officers, operational risk management,
medical readiness, outboard motor maintenance and patrol craft operation.
“The U.S. Navy and USSOUTHCOM are committed to these multi-nation
partnerships,” Capt. Kurt Hedberg, mission commander of SPS 2010 said. “It gives all
of us a chance to exchange ideas, mission-focused knowledge and expertise to improve
capabilities in key mission areas. This sort of multi-national cooperation is vital
to successful maritime operations today and in the future.”