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Navy Diver Southern Partnership Station Kicks Off in Barbados

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110607-12

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gregory N. Juday, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (NNS) -- The Barbadian coast guard hosted a welcoming ceremony for Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 for Navy Diver-Southern Partnership Station 2011 (ND-SPS 11) in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 6.

The ND-SPS 11 mission is a multinational partnership engagement designed to increase interoperability and partner nation capacity through diving operations.

MDSU 2 Company 23 based in Little Creek, Va., is supporting the mission as potential subject matter experts during the engagement.

"We are excited to work together and have you learn from us as we learn from you," said Chief Warrant Officer Navy Diver Jim Hordinski, MDSU 2 Company 23 officer in charge.

After the welcoming ceremony divers assigned to MDSU 2 Company 23 gave training to the foreign divers on anti-terrorism force protection diving tactics and basic dive medicine.

"It is a great opportunity to see the tactics from other countries and share knowledge amongst each other," said Navy Diver 1st Class Jason Wahl, MDSU 2 Company 23 leading petty officer. "This is my second trip working with these guys and it is an experience working with them and seeing how they operate."

MDSU 2 Company 23 will be conducting dive operations with the divers of different Caribbean countries, trading tactics and sharing experiences.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

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