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HSV Swift delivered over 135 tons of food and humanitarian supplies to Haiti

April 7, 2011


On April 6, 2011, the joint military and civilian Southern Partnership Station (SPS 2011) crew aboard High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) delivered at Port-au-Prince wharf more than 135 metric tons of donated food and humanitarian supplies, valued at nearly $1 million, to the people of Haiti.

The canned food, on almost 180 pallets, was picked up from U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was given to Catholic Relief Supplies for distribution in Haiti.

Haiti was also the first stop for SPS 11 last November 8, when Swift delivered a mobile medical care center and 39 pallets of water filtration units a few days after Tropical Storm Tomas hit the island nation.

During SPS 2011, more than 218,000 pounds of donations, valued at $1.7 million, have been delivered to Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and Haiti. The donations have included water filtration systems, generators, wheel chairs, firefighting equipment and computers.

 The SPS 2011 crew also has conducted a series of subject matter expert exchanges with military and non-governmental agencies in seven countries, in the areas of security, medicine, civil affairs and construction engineering. The exchanges are designed to continue building and sustaining an enduring relationship with the governments of Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

 Southern Partnership Stations are annual deployments of U.S. ships to the Caribbean and Latin America, in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. The mission's primary goal is information-sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region.

 Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (COMUSNAVSO) is the naval component command for U.S. Southern Command and is responsible for all naval personnel and assets in the area of responsibility.

 COMUSNAVSO conducts a variety of missions in support of the U.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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