BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (NNS) -- Task Group 40.0 concluded an action-packed port visit April 30, where the ships' crews participated in diverse events ashore, including delivery of Project Handclasp materials in support of Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007.
Project Handclasp items delivered included an ambulance for a regional fire district and medical supplies, sewing machines, food and medical supplies for Stella Marris, the Argentine Navy equivalent to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Red Cross of Argentina.
"We are proud to present an ambulance to the Association of Volunteer Fire Fighters of Las Parejas, Santa Fe. This ambulance was donated by the Wilmette, Ill., Fire Department because of efforts from Firefighter and Paramedic Jamie Johnson after a visit to Las Parejas in 2004," said Capt. Randy Snyder, Commander Destroyer Squadron 40.
Following a short press conference, USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) Sailors provided guided tours to a youth group from Argentina accompanied by local television and print news representatives.
Other major events during the visit included a reception on board Pearl Harbor. U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, Earl Wayne and Vice Chief of Naval Operations of Argentina, Adm. Benito Rotolo were among the more than 300 people in attendance.
"Tonight we come together to celebrate the arrival of Partnership of the Americas participants in Buenos Aires. With this event we honor the cooperation between our countries and throughout the region," said Snyder.
During the event, food and drinks were provided by Pearl Harbor Sailors while multinational guests discussed their role in upcoming exercises and UNITAS.
According to Culinary Specialist 1st Class (SW) Roberto Yngson, food coordinator, the reception was a complete success, and showcased the pride and professionalism of his culinary team.
"Having the Argentina guests on board is a great opportunity for us as U.S. ambassadors to show what we are capable of," said Yngson.
The reception was an ideal opportunity to bring nations together and foster their relationships.
"We are honored to be here in Argentina and look forward to working with the Navy, at UNITAS," said Snyder.
With the formal events complete Sailors used the rest of the visit to tour the city and its historical places, shop and interact with Sailors from different ships.
"The city tour was educational; we had the chance to see the Casa Rosada, which is the president's residency. We learned about Buenos Aires history. It was a great tour," said Yngson.
POA Task Group 40.0 consists of amphibious dock landing ship Pearl Harbor, guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and Chilean frigate CS Almirante Latorre (FFG 14).
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