Continuing Promise 2017 Departs for Guatemala

Story Number: NNS170130-03Release Date: 1/30/2017 8:17:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brittney Cannady, Expeditionary Combat Camera

NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- The humanitarian mission Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17) departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Jan. 26, for its stop in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.

A team of 169 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps service members will spend roughly two weeks in the city located on the nation's Atlantic coast. While there, they will provide veterinary and medical services to local communities, including preventative treatments, dental care, optometry screenings and women's health services.

"Our visit gives us the chance to build on the previous missions' successes while working with our partners to leave a positive impact in local communities," said Capt. Errin Armstrong, CP-17's commander, who also participated in Continuing Promise 2015's visit to Guatemala.

"The relationships created during operations like Continuing Promise build trust and cooperation within the region," added Armstrong, who also serves as commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 40. "This stop will also help ensure we are prepared to provide relief as a team when a disaster strikes."

The team's departure aboard the Military Sealift Command's USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) capped off nearly a week of training in Mayport. Service members were taught local customs and courtesies, and got a little dirty practicing the set up of the living and support facilities that will make up their temporary camp during mission stops.

CP-17 is scheduled to run from January to April and will visit Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia.

CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements and medical, dental and veterinary support, in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America.

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