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Global Fleet Station Commences Training in Nicaragua

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Story Number: NNS070521-13
Release Date: 5/21/2007 4:24:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Cynthia Clark, Task Group 40.9 Public Affairs

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (NNS) -- U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard training teams began the second visit of the pilot Global Fleet Station (GFS) May 14, aboard High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) in Puerto Cabezas.

Training teams from Expeditionary Training Command in Little Creek, Va., along with U.S. Coast Guard training teams from International Training Division, based in Yorktown, Va., are facilitating three training sessions requested by the nation of Nicaragua.

“We’re really excited to be starting the Nicaraguan phase of Global Fleet Station training,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tom Peal, training team leader. “They seem to be a dedicated, professional force and I’m sure they’re looking forward to receiving the training as well.”

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard are working together in training on port security and port vulnerability, a U.S. Coast Guard international training division course designed for commercial ports, showing techniques for assessing internal security and vulnerabilities and to put plans in place to improve those practices.

A second course, a leadership seminar, similar to the indoctrination given to new U.S. Navy petty officers, is designed to share ideas on effective leadership.

In addition to the port security and leadership seminar is a coxswain course.

According to U.S. Coast Guard Chief Boatswain's Mate Scott Partington, coxswain course instructor, the course focuses on basic navigation and small-boat handling.

“This is my first time in Nicaragua,” Partington said. “We’re really looking forward to working with the Nicaraguan forces and building a friendship with them.”

Task Group (TG) 40.9, consisting of a command element, HSV-2 Swift, training teams from Navy Expeditionary Training Command, U.S. Coast Guard International Training Division, and Department of State representatives, is deployed as part of the pilot GFS to the Caribbean basin in Central America. While deployed, members of TG 40.9 will participate in information exchanges and training with partnership countries.

The mission is designed to validate the GFS concept for the Navy and support U.S. Southern Command objectives for its area of responsibility by enhancing cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services and improving operational readiness for the participating partner nations.

Task Group 40.9 is scheduled to bring their teams to Belize, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Panama.

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