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WASP Makes Port Call at Guantanamo Bay

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS091018-08
Release Date: 10/18/2009 12:23:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Johnny Michael, USS Wasp Public Affairs

USS WASP, At sea (NNS) -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) departed Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Oct. 11, concluding a two-day port visit.

Wasp off-loaded personnel from the embarked Security Cooperation Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SCMAGTF) to the base where the Marines will conduct several weeks of training before re-embarking the ship to conduct operations in the Southern Command area of focus.

In addition to the Marine Corps offload, Wasp also conducted a stores onload, refueling and hosted two tours during the port visit. The crew enjoyed liberty while there and took advantage of the numerous Morale, Welfare and Recreation offerings.

"I had a really good time," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Joseph Biggs. "I went snorkeling for the first time. I went with a group of friends and it was a lot of fun. We saw an eel and went into a cave that was partially covered by the tide. The whole experience was very cool. This was a great place for a port visit."

Wasp is currently deployed on Southern Partnership Station-Amphib with Destroyer Squadron 40 and the SCMAGTF embarked. Southern Partnership Station is part of the Partnership of the Americas Maritime Strategy that focuses on building interoperability and cooperation in the region to meet common challenges.

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