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HSV 2 Gold Crew Paints SEA Hut in Honduras

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110311-10
3/11/2011

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffery Tilghman Williams, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

SAN LORENZO, Honduras (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) "gold" crew, conducted a community relations (COMREL) project at an elementary school in San Lorenzo, Honduras, March 11.

Twelve Sailors assigned to HSV 2 gold crew, primed and painted a recently built Southeast Asia hut (SEA hut) at Escuela Eneas Alvarado, in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011.

"It was just an opportunity for us to pitch in and help our shipmates and interact with the community here," said Operations Specialist 1st Class Michael McMurry. "We couldn't pass on a chance to come meet the wonderful kids at this school and paint one of their future class rooms."

"Our involvement and interaction with the people of Honduras isn't limited to just military cross training. We're committed to much more than that, and this is just a chance for us to display that involvement and commitment to the local community," said Yeoman 1st Class Christopher Capuano.

The Sailors spent the entire workday at the site painting the 16-by-32 foot wood-frame structure which included a metal roof, extended rafters and screened-in areas. According to the volunteers, it was a fun-filled day for all.

"This opportunity actually serves two purposes. It's our way of giving back and helping out, and it's also great for morale and strengthens camaraderie," said Capuano. "We really enjoy days like this."

During the engagement, the Seabees and Marines worked side-by-side with Honduran army engineers performing electrical rewiring, plumbing pipe replacement and constructing the SEA hut.

SPS 11 is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America. The mission's primary goal is 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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