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Continuing Promise Completes Work in Peru, Boxer Heading Home

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Story Number: NNS080618-15
Release Date: 6/18/2008 4:41:00 PM


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Jarvis, USS Boxer Public Affairs

BARRANCA, Peru (NNS) -- Peruvian officials bid farewell to USS Boxer (LHD 4), June 15, during a closing ceremony in the town of Barranca, marking the end of the Pacific phase of Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.

CP is a collaborative effort between the United States and partner militaries, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and partner-nation support organizations to build strong partnerships that can be called upon in the event of a regional situation requiring cooperative solutions.

During the six-day operation in Peru, Boxer's embarked military units worked side-by-side with partner-nation military and civilian professionals to provide medical, dental, optometry and veterinary care along with renovation work at two schools.

"CP has highlighted the importance and value of providing assistance and training to our friends and neighbors in Latin America," said Mission Commander for CP, Capt. Peter K. Dallman. "It also reflects and reinforces the strong friendship our two countries share."

Medical specialists from Boxer, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 5 and the U.S. Public Health Service worked together with Peruvian medical professionals to conduct more than 4,000 dental exams and procedures, nearly 1,000 optometry exams in addition to giving out 900 pairs of eye glasses. The team also provided nearly 3,000 patients primary medical care and dispensed more than 11,000 medications at several sites in the area.

While anchored off the coast, FST 5 performed 22 surgeries on Peruvian citizens aboard Boxer.

"Overall there have been over 18,000 patient encounters here in Peru, and I can assure you that these numbers would not have been possible without strong support from you, our host nation counterparts, as you worked elbow-to-elbow with us," Dallman said while he addressed the Peruvian dignitaries.

Seabees assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303 and Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 teamed up to complete renovation projects at two schools. The work included major plumbing and electrical upgrades, roof replacement and replacing windows in addition to painting and landscaping.

"Our time here in Peru has been a very busy and very rewarding experience," Dallman added. "The work that has taken place here has laid the foundation for future cooperation between the United States and Peru."

Boxer's mission exemplifies the U.S. maritime strategy which emphasizes deploying forces to build confidence and trust among nations through collective maritime security efforts that focus on common threats and mutual interests.

Embarked units and organizations aboard Boxer for CP include Amphibious Squadron 5, FST 5, U.S. Public Health Service, Navy Seabee CBMU 303, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764, Tactical Air Control Squadron 11, Special Marine Air Ground Task Force 24, Helicopter Sea Combat Support Squadron 23, Assault Craft Unit 1, Fleet Survey Team, Maritime Civil Affairs Team 205 and Beach Master Unit 1.

For more news from USS Boxer, visit www.navy.mil/local/lhd4/.

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