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Global Fleet Station Hosts Jamaican Prime Minister

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070928-09
Release Date: 9/28/2007 12:05:00 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) hosted the newly elected Prime Minster of Jamaica during a commemoration of its visit to Jamaica, Sept. 22.

Guests who attended include: Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who was elected on Sept. 11; the Honorable Brenda LaGrange Johnson, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica; the Honorable Leonora Rueda-Guiterrez, Mexico Ambassador to Jamaica and the Honorable Jose Madrid, Honduras Ambassador to Jamaica.

In his remarks during the reception, Golding expressed his gratitude for the invitation, but more importantly thanked Task Group (TG) 40.9 for the work they’re doing in the region and for their “shared interest in protecting the maritime environment.”

TG 40.9 is spending two weeks here conducting training and subject matter expert exchanges in combat lifesaving, port security, leadership, outboard motor maintenance and U.S. Marine Corps small unit tactics.

“While the training and subject matter exchanges are the cornerstone of our deployment, events such as this are just as significant,” said Capt. Douglas Wied, commander, TG 40.9. “It was a real honor to share this innovative ship and our mission with the newly-elected prime minister. He was very impressed with the ship and more importantly our mission and its purpose. It was a great way to wrap-up the pilot GFS deployment.”

TG 40.9, consisting of a command element, the crew of High Speed Vessel 2 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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