Continuing Promise 2010 Reaches Guyana Coast

Story Number: NNS101019-18Release Date: 10/19/2010 1:28:00 PM
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By Lt. Jacqui Barker, Continuing Promise 2010 Public Affairs Officer

NEW AMSTERDAM, Guyana (NNS) -- The Continuing Promise 2010 (CP10) Partnership of the Americas mission aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) dropped anchor just off the coast of New Amsterdam, Guyana Oct. 17.

CP10 is a humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) mission that delivers medical, veterinary, and engineering support services in addition to subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs), community relations projects and delivers Project Handclasp donations.

"This mission is about the continued promise of partnerships between the United States and host nations," said CP10 Commodore Capt. Thomas Negus. "It is about building and sustaining relationships in the interest of better cooperation and collaboration when disasters hit."

The CP10 crew aboard Iwo Jima offers Guyanese care and support at five medical sites - two main sites at Rosehall and Edinburg School and three, one-day remote sites - and three engineering sites during the course of the mission's ten-day stay in Guyana. Engineering sites are located at Berbice Regional Health Authority, Corentyne School and the Agricultural Packaging Facility.

More than 25 pallets of goods worth $93,500 will be delivered to Guyana through the Project Handclasp program, to include donations from the Church of Latter Day Saints, Project Cure and the Rotarians.

CP10 brings approximately 200 medical personnel to Guyana, to include five surgeons, 32 military and civilian doctors, 23 nurses, 14 foreign national medical care providers, seven dentists and four veterinarians.

Civilian medical support is from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including Project Hope and World Vets. Foreign national medical support personnel are from countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, and Colombia.

This is the fourth time the U.S. military has conducted HCA missions in Guyana. In November 2008, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) brought the Continuing Promise mission to the shores of Guyana. In the spring of 2010, High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV) 2 docked pier side in Georgetown, Guyana and conducted engineering and community relations projects, delivered Project Handclasp goods and conducted SME exchanges.

In 2007, Continuing Promise began it's partnership in Guyana. The HSV Swift's visit marked the first time a U.S. naval vessel, or vessel under contract to the U.S. Navy, had moored in the country.

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The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is at anchor off the coast of Panama.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Iwo Jima
October 4, 2010
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