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Global Fleet Station Completes Training in Jamaica

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Story Number: NNS070929-14
Release Date: 9/29/2007 12:15:00 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 training in Jamaica, Sept. 28, the final stop aboard High Speed Vessel (HSV) 2 Swift.

"We’ve had a very successful two weeks with our partners here," said Capt. Douglas Wied, commander, Task Group (TG) 40.9. "We’ve started a great relationship with the country of Jamaica; their service members are very professional and motivated. I have no doubt our relationship will ensure maritime security in the region."

During the two weeks of training 135 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 Prime Minister Bruce Golding, the newly-elected prime minister of Jamaica along with the Honorable Brenda LaGrange Johnson, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica for a reception on board Swift.

"It was such an honor to have the Prime Minister visit Swift," Wied continued. "It really showed his commitment to the relationship the U.S. and Jamaica share, along with our shared interest in security in the region."

Also during the visit, TG 40.9 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.

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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