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ND-SPS 12 Concludes Colombian Stop

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120319-05

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Keck, Navy Dive-Southern Partnership Station 2012 Public Affairs

CARTAGENA, Colombia (NNS) -- U.S. Navy divers, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-1, concluded a three-week subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with Colombian Navy divers in Cartagena, March 13.

The SMEE, which was part of Navy Dive-Southern Partnership Station 2012 (ND-SPS 12), focused on anti-terrorism force protection diving, underwater cutting and welding, side-scan sonar, surface decompression, recompression therapy, and basic dive medicine.

"The Colombian divers were very attentive and eager to learn," said Navy Diver 1st Class Brian Mouton, assigned to MDSU 2, Company 2-1. "They also had a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us."

Some of the difficulties with working in other countries are the differences in language and culture.

"It was difficult at first, but it didn't take us long to learn how to communicate effectively," said Navy Diver 2nd Class Christopher Gaines, assigned to MDSU 2, Company 2-1.

The Colombian divers hosted a closing ceremony followed by a lunch, live music, games and camaraderie.

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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