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Henson Concludes Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station 2010 with Brazil

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100401-14
Release Date: 4/1/2010 2:43:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lily Daniels, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

FORTALEZA, Brazil (NNS) -- Military Sealift Command naval oceanographic survey ship USNS Henson (T-AGS 63) hosted a closing ceremony March 30 aboard the ship for Brazilian Navy oceanographers and hydrographers participating in the first Oceanographic-Southern Partnership Station (O-SPS) engagement.

"The culmination of this weeks' engagement with the Brazilian and U.S. Navy hydrographic offices proved to be a successful exchange of hydrographic science and ideas between our two nations," said Capt. Brian Brown, commanding officer of Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO).

Capt. Marcos Almeida, director, Brazilian Navy's Hydrographic and Meteorological Center (CHM) added, "This engagement demonstrated the strength of our partnership, and I look forward to future cooperation between our navies."

O-SPS is a new engagement focused on oceanography and hydrographic surveying and the exchange of information between subject matter experts from partnering navies within the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) region.

Surveyors from NAVOCEANO and Sailors from the expeditionary division of Fleet Survey Team (FST) conducted survey demonstrations at the Port of Fortaleza and aboard Henson.

"This was a really good exchange, because there was a lot of interaction in which both sides learned a lot scientifically and culturally," said Melody van der Linde, an oceanographer for NAVOCEANO.

In addition to the survey demonstrations, both navies participated in workshops highlighting their naval oceanographic capabilities and procedures, the survey demonstrations and personal experiences throughout the course of the engagement.

"It's very good to have this experience. We do similar work in the Brazilian Navy, so it's nice to see different options to do the same task," said Brazilian Cmdr. Izabel Jeck, survey division chief at the Brazilian Naval Hydrographic Center.

Southern Partnership Station is a recurring deployment conducted by Commander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) and U.S. 4th Fleet with a variety of different objectives.

COMUSNAVSO is the naval component command for USSOUTHCOM and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility. COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the nation's Maritime Strategy, including Theater Security Cooperation, relationship building, humanitarian assistance and disaster response, community relations, and counter-illicit trafficking operations.

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