CALLAO, Peru (NNS) -- The U.S. ambassador to Peru visited the joint military and civilian crew of High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift Dec. 8 for a ship tour and brief about Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011.
Rose M. Likins was welcomed by SPS 2011 Mission Commander Cmdr. Mark Becker, who is also the Deputy Chair of the Warfare Analysis Department at the Naval War College, and Swift Master Capt. Rhett Mann, on the ship's quarterdeck prior to being escorted around the shallow draft high-speed catamaran.
"I felt it important to visit the men and women on this mission who are playing an integral role in supporting our partnership efforts in the region," said Likins. "The exchanges being conducted with U.S. service members and the Peruvian military are invaluable."
Sailors from Maritime Civil Affairs Security Training Team, a team of Navy medical experts, a team of Navy masters-at-arms, Marines from a Marine Forces Southern Command Security Cooperation Team and a Marine engineering regiment will be participating in classroom sessions and practical field application sessions while in country. The subject matter expert exchanges will consist of field medical operations, practical self defense courses, vehicle inspection requirements and a variety of joint military and medical exercises.
The Embassy of the United States in Peru works to deepen ties of cooperation and understanding between the two nations through the strengthening of bilateral relations, the promotion of commercial exchange and sustainable development and also through educational and cultural activities.
SPS is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America involving information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region.
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) is the naval component command for U.S. Southern Command and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the Area of Responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.S. Maritime Strategy, including theater security cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations and counter-illicit trafficking operations.
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Jeffery Tilghman Williams, High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift Public Affairs