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USS McInerney Visits Panama

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Story Number: NNS070224-04
Release Date: 2/24/2007 6:42:00 PM

From USS McInerney Public Affairs Office

VASCO NUNEZ DE BALBOA, Panama (NNS) -- USS McInerney (FFG 8) visited Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Panama, Feb. 18 through Feb. 21, just in time for Carnivale, as known as Mardi Gras.

The port visit also served as a great opportunity for the crew to serve as goodwill ambassadors for the U.S., and further relations with the people of Panama.

During the visit, McInerney Sailors experienced a variety of Panamanian activities, including a local shopping mall, access to the beaches, shopping in local markets, horseback riding in the mountains on a volcano, a jungle river tour, a trip to a day spa in Cerrol Azul, and a community relations (COMREL) project at a local orphanage and rehabilitation facility.

Tour participants said they had a great time, and that the tours were well organized and provided a great way to experience Panama.

“I never thought I would be covered in a mud bath on the side of a mountain in Panama," said Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class Christopher Sears. "Seeing all my friends covered from head to toe like me will definitely be a funny memory to have of this deployment.”

Some Sailors chose to check out the scenery the country had to offer via horse back.

“The country of Panama really has a lot to offer," said Ens. Adam Ochs. "When I heard about this trip, I thought it sounded awesome, a real adventure. I’m glad that I did this and it will be fun to say that I rode around a volcano on horseback.”

McInerney is underway conducting exercises and operations at sea in support of the Joint and Inter-Agency counter-drug efforts in the U.S. Southern Command area of operations. In port, the ship participates in events ashore to support U. S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) Theater Security Cooperation efforts through military-to-military contact with regional maritime forces.

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