VALPARAISO, Chile (NNS) -- Nineteen Reserve Sailors assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 Detail Bravo, based in Shreveport, La., joined High Speed Vessel 2 (HSV 2) Swift Dec. 1 to participate in Southern Partnership Station 2011.
SPS is an annual deployment of U.S. ships to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in the Caribbean and Latin America, involving information sharing with navies, coast guards and civilian services throughout the region.
NMCB 28 will participate in a variety of subject matter expert exchanges and information sharing ventures with partner nations during their four-month deployment in support of SPS.
"We will be assisting with several electrical, plumbing and construction projects at local schools and facilities in the partner nations we'll be visiting," said Lt. Rama Mutyala, NMCB 28 Detail Bravo officer-in-charge. "This is a great opportunity for the men and women in our unit, and we're glad to support."
"We welcome the Seabees to our team, because the expertise and engineering knowledge they possess will greatly enhance our mission effectiveness," said Cmdr. Mark Becker, SPS 11 mission commander. "They are a professional group of Sailors who I know will do great work out here."
NMCB 28 Detail Bravo will support SPS 11 until April and transition to USNS Comfort to support Continuing Promise 2011 during their eight-month mobilization.
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