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Global Fleet Station Wraps up First Week of Jamaica Training

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Story Number: NNS070922-18
Release Date: 9/22/2007 12:43:00 PM

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

PORT ANTONIO, Jamaica (NNS) -- The pilot Global Fleet Station (GFS) completed the first week of training during its visit to Jamaica, Sept. 21, the final stop aboard High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift.

"Our first week in Jamaica was very eventful," said Capt. Douglas Weid, commander, Task Group (TG) 40.9. "Between the great subject matter exchanges between our two countries and the other events held this week, it's been a great way to kick off the final visit of the pilot Global Fleet Station."

During the first week of training 88 Jamaican service members shared knowledge in topics such as maintenance management, combat lifesaver medical training, U.S. Marine Corps small unit training, port security and vulnerabilities assessment, leadership principles and outboard motor maintenance. The training was provided by teams from the U.S. Navy Expeditionary Training Command in Little Creek, Va., U.S. Marine Corps 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton and 29 Palms, Calif., Marine Corps Training Command Quantico, Va., and U.S. Coast Guard International Training Division, in Yorktown, Va.

Aside from the training, TG 40.9 also hosted the Honorable Brenda LaGrange Johnson, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, participated in a Project Handclasp handover at the Port Antonio Hospital, which Johnson also attended. Additionally, 25 TG 40.9 Sailors painted and installed ceiling fans at Titchfield School along with members of the Jamaica Defense Force.

"We had a great opportunity to give the Ambassador and the Jamaican people an idea of why we're here," Wied continued. "Not only are we here to build a bridge to security, we're also about people helping people. I can't think of a better way to do that than through the delivery of much-needed medical supplies, helping out the future of the community and working together with our Jamaican partners."

TG 40.9, consisting of a command element, the crew of Swift, training teams from Navy Expeditionary Training Command and U.S. Coast Guard International Training Division, U.S. Marine Corps Mobile Training Team and Department of State representatives, is deployed as part of GFS to the Caribbean basin in Central America. It is under the operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command. The mission is to conduct a broad range of theater security cooperation activities with regional maritime services.

TG 40.9 has visited Belize, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Panama during the Summer 2007 deployment.



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