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Continuing Promise Brings Peruvian Minister of Defense to Boxer

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Story Number: NNS080619-10
Release Date: 6/19/2008 3:44:00 PM

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

USS BOXER, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Boxer (LHD 4) hosted Peru's Minister of Defense, Antero Flores Araoz; the United States Ambassador to Peru, P. Michael McKinley; and distinguished visitors, June 13, as part of Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.

CP is a collaborative effort between the United States and military partners, 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.

The group toured the ship's medical spaces to learn about Boxer's medical capabilities, while also meeting with Peruvian patients being treated aboard. The guests then attended a luncheon in the ship's wardroom, held in their honor.

"The ship brought with it many health professionals who came for civic humanitarian work, but they don't do the work here alone," said Flores. "The work was accomplished by in collaboration with professionals from our own sectors of health. The collaboration allows us to give medical attention of the best quality."

Following the luncheon, the group traveled to the town of Barranca where they toured the mission's medical and engineering operations ashore. At a press conference there, the Peruvian Minister of Defense praised the Continuing Promise mission coming to his country.

"Some of you say that this was an invasion. Sure they invaded us, but they invaded us with medicines, with surgical equipment, with medical care, and with cooperation," Flores said. "I want to thank the United States for the great work they are doing."

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.

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

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