USNS Henson concludes Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station
By Dialogo April 06, 2010Military Sealift Command naval oceanographic survey ship USNS Henson (T-AGS 63) hosted a closing ceremony March 30 aboard the ship for Brazilian Navy oceanographers and hydrographers participating in the first Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station (O-SPS) engagement. "The culmination of this weeks' engagement with the Brazilian and U.S. Navy hydrographic offices proved to be a successful exchange of hydrographic science and ideas between our two nations," said Capt. Brian Brown, commanding officer of Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). Capt. Marcos Almeida, director, Brazilian Navy's Hydrographic and Meteorological Center (CHM) added, "This engagement demonstrated the strength of our partnership, and I look forward to future cooperation between our navies." O-SPS is a new engagement focused on oceanography and hydrographic surveying and the exchange of information between subject matter experts from partnering navies within the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) region. Surveyors from NAVOCEANO and Sailors from the expeditionary division of Fleet Survey Team (FST) conducted survey demonstrations at the Port of Fortaleza and aboard Henson. "This was a really good exchange, because there was a lot of interaction in which both sides learned a lot scientifically and culturally," said Melody van der Linde, an oceanographer for NAVOCEANO. In addition to the survey demonstrations, both navies participated in workshops highlighting their naval oceanographic capabilities and procedures, the survey demonstrations and personal experiences throughout the course of the engagement.