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Carney Sailors Improve Lives in Antigua

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Story Number: NNS070406-05
Release Date: 4/6/2007 4:58:00 PM

From USS Carney Public Affairs

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (NNS) -- Sailors from USS Carney (DDG 64) recently completed three community relations (COMREL) projects during a port visit to Antigua March 27-29.

More than 40 Sailors painted classrooms at Villa Primary School and T.O. Robinson Memorial School and built a fence at Downtown St. John’s Daycare Center.

“It was really nice to interact with the local community. The community is very tight-knit and neighbors stopped by to see what we were doing,” said Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Antonio Mangual of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mary M. Ourisman was also very pleased about the projects. During her visit to Carney she stated that she was, “proud of the young Sailors who are out in the community today.” The ambassador also toured the ship, spoke to Sailors and dined with Antiguan dignitaries.

The Carney crew also played soccer with a local team, enjoyed the shops, water sports, restaurants, and nightlife of Antigua.

Carney will be operating in eastern Caribbean Sea for several weeks this spring to support U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) engagement strategy. Its deployment to the SOUTHCOM area of responsibility supports commitments to engage with regional partners to support hemispheric stability, security and regional prosperity.



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