About the Author: Charlotte Hu is the Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana.
Guyana Coast Guard Lt.Col. Gary Beaton greeted the High Speed Vessel Swift when it arrived at port in Georgetown, Guyana at 9:30 a.m., August 29, 2010. In a visit coordinated by the U.S. Embassy's Military Liaison Office, members of the Swift will participate in "subject matter expert" exchanges with the Guyanese Coast Guard and other services here. The U.S. Navy is deploying the HSV Swift to Central America and Caribbean Basin to conduct "subject matter expert" (SME) exchanges and orientations from May 2010 to September 2010. The ship came from Barbados and will continue on to the Dominican Republic after visiting Guyana.
On Sunday, the ship's commander, U.S. Navy Captain Kurt Hedberg, a New York native, explained the purpose of the ship's visit to local reporters: "We have shared interests in security and common concerns," he explained. "We will share best practices and ideas on how to deal with those common concerns during our two-week stay here."
The leaders of both services met and talked together, along with the Embassy's Military Liaison Office Commander, Col. Tod Furtado and Lt. Marlon Chichester, the "subject matter exchange" officer for Guyana's Coast Guard. Chichester represents the bridging of the two cultures and is uniquely suited to coordinate the exchanges, as he is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, class of 2005.
You can view more photos of the visit here.