Continuing Promise Wraps Up Work In Guyana

Story Number: NNS101102-13Release Date: 11/2/2010 2:34:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis J. Kuykendall, USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Public Affairs

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (NNS) -- The Continuing Promise 2010 (CP10) team, comprised of service members and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), provided the people of Guyana assistance Oct. 18-26.

Medical, engineering and community relations sites were set-up at different locations throughout the New Amsterdam region.

Healthcare providers performed 38 surgical services on board the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), and helped more than 5,500 patients ashore.

"Guyana was definitely an amazing country to visit," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) Ivin Philpott. "I was able to have a lot of interaction with the patients because there was no language barrier."

U.S. Army veterinarians traveled throughout the country helping local farmers by providing services to more than 500 animals at seven different locations.

At the three engineering sites, U.S. Navy Seabees renovated classrooms, repaired electrical fixtures, installed new lights and air conditioning, and worked with a local contractor to repair an incinerator that had been out of commission for two years.

"The people of Guyana were very receptive and understanding to what exactly we were trying to do and why we were there," said Philpott. "Providing services to so many people can almost seem chaotic, but it wasn't. Our time in Guyana went very smooth and was organized."

During the visit to Guyana, four CP10 members were giving the opportunity to be reunited with family living in the country.

"It was great to have a chance to see my grandmother, which was totally unexpected at the beginning of [CP10]," said Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class (AW) Daniel A. Singh. "Having that opportunity made this an even more memorable deployment than it already has been."

CP10 is a humanitarian civic assistance mission, delivering medical, dental, veterinary, engineering, subject matter expert exchange and disaster response cooperation to host nations to include Haiti, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname and Guyana.

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Capt. Thomas Negus, left, commodore of Continuing Promise 2010, and the Prime Minister of Guyana Samuel Hinds stand at attention for the playing of the U.S. national anthem.
101026-N-1531D-241 NEW AMSTERDAM, Guyana (Oct. 26, 2010) Capt. Thomas Negus, left, commodore of Continuing Promise 2010, and the Prime Minister of Guyana Samuel Hinds stand at attention for the playing of the U.S. national anthem during a ceremony closing the Guyana phase of the Continuing Promise 2010 mission. The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is anchored off the coast of Guyana conducting a Continuing Promise 2010 humanitarian civic assistance mission. The assigned medical and engineering staff embarked aboard Iwo Jima are working with partner nation teams to provide medical, dental, veterinary and engineering assistance in eight countries. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathen E. Davis)
October 27, 2010
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