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Partnership of the Americas Arrives at Salvador

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Story Number: NNS070419-13
Release Date: 4/19/2007 5:51:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Flavia Marin, USS Pearl Harbor Public Affairs

SALVADOR, Brazil (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Task Group 40.0, deployed for Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007, arrived in Salvador, Brazil, April 18, for a port visit.

The task group consists of dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and Chilean frigate CS Almirante Latorre (FFG 14).

The purpose of this port visit is to support U.S. Southern Command’s engagement strategy by conducting a variety of events at sea and ashore that enhance hemispheric stability, security and regional prosperity.

As well as supporting the mission, Sailors are looking forward to some time off to take in the culture and history of Salvador.

Seaman Marcus Moraes, originally from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, is looking forward to revisiting his native country.

“When I joined the Navy I never dreamed they would take me back to Brazil and pay me at the same time,” Moraes said. “I can’t wait to show my shipmates how beautiful my homeland is.”

During the import period the task group will host a myriad of events to include tours to Brazilian military members and youth aboard the U.S. ships and a reception to be held aboard Pearl Harbor. There is also a soccer game planned between the Brazilian and U.S. Navy teams as well as various tours to historic and beautiful sites throughout the Salvador area.

Upon completion of the port visit, Sailors and Marines will begin working with the Spanish and Brazilian navies, conducting tactical maneuvering drills, communications exercises and seamanship evolutions.

“Training with the Brazilian Navy is a great opportunity to increase our partnership with their Navy and the nation of Brazil itself,” said Pearl Harbor’s executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Caldwell. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

POA 07 is a deployment focused on enhancing cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services throughout Latin America and the Caribbean through a variety of exercises and events at sea and on shore.

Caldwell said, “This is an excellent way to improve both informal and professional working relationships towards closer cooperation in the future.”

“As we begin the UNITAS Atlantic portion of Partnership of Americas 2007, I’m excited to establish new relationships with the Latin American navies, operating as a multinational force,” Pearl Harbor’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Victor Cooper said. “And I know the excitement is further fueled by the majority of my crew, who are going into uncharted waters.”

U.S. Navy Task Group 40.0 is led by Capt. Randy Snyder, commander Destroyer Squadron 40.

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