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ND-SPS 12 Trinidad and Tobago Comes to an End

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120409-15

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

CHAGUARAMAS, Trinidad and Tobago (NNS) -- U.S. Navy divers, assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2, Company 2-1, wrapped up a three-week subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with Trinidad and Tobago coast guard divers, April 5.

The SMEE, which was part of Navy Dive-Southern Partnership Station 2012 (ND-SPS 12), focused on side-scan sonar, surface supply diving using the Kirby Morgan (KM) 37 dive helmet, recompression chamber basics, and lift bag techniques and procedures.

"We had the opportunity to share with them things that most of them have never experienced before," said Navy Diver 2nd Class Gabriel Shelton, in reference to surface supply diving and the recompression chamber. "The opportunity to expand the knowledge of fellow divers is one of the most rewarding parts of this mission."

Divers from both countries worked together seamlessly to accomplish whatever tasks the days threw at them. Then, at the end of the day, they always found time to build lasting friendships. Whether it was playing a friendly game of soccer, cricket, or just having a conversation under the shade of a tent, they were always strengthening the partnership between the two nations.

"If we were tasked to work together in the future, no matter what the task, I believe what we have done here will help us function as a team," said Chief Warrant Officer Timothy O'Neal, officer in charge of Company 2-1. "I can say for both sides, mission accomplished."

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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