In Guyana, Saying Farewell to the HSV Swift

Posted by Charlotte A. Hu
September 7, 2010
The HSV Swift Docked in Georgetown, Guyana

About the Author: Charlotte Hu is the Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Georgetown, Guyana.

Since August 29, the U.S. Navy High Speed Vessel Swift has been docked at the Guyana National Shipping Corporation wharf, and its servicemen and women have been carrying out humanitarian work and engaging in professional exchanges. Last week,a farewell reception celebrated the vessel's historic visit -- the first Navy-operated vessel ever to dock in Guyana's capital of Georgetown. The ship's captain presented the Prime Minister and the Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defense Force, Commodore Gary Best, with U.S. Navy caps and command coins. U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Tom Pierce spoke about the importance of the U.S.-Guyana partnership, and the Guyanese Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, extended “the spirit of camaraderie and hospitality to the visitors arriving on the shores of Guyana.”

Over the next few days, the Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukai, will join Mr. Pierce in a ceremony to mark the Seabees' construction work at the Amerindian Hostel and the donation of approximately 50,000 high-nutrition meals to the ministry. The Charge will also join the Minister of Education and school officials to formally open a new school room and mark the U.S.' donation of school supplies and first aid equipment.

This historic visit by U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel, coordinated by the U.S. Embassy, has helped to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the security forces of the U.S. and Guyana as they work together to combat the drug trade and transnational crime that threatens regional security. As the Swift leaves the shores of Guyana, where it has been made so welcome, it is with the knowledge of how much they've done to contribute to our mutual goals of security and prosperity throughout the region.

You can view more photos of the visit here.

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Comments

Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
September 8, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

The HSV-2 Swift is a Very High Tech Looking Ship.

I think it's great that their working with the people of Guyana to help repair and fix what they can.

This sounds like a good way too, improve relations with the Citizen of Guyana.

I looked at some of the photos and it looks like they were stocked like an Aid Ship for Emergencys.

Hopefully they were able too, enjoy their time there ,while they were working.

It Looks, like a Nice Place to Visit.:)

JEFF C.
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New York, USA
September 8, 2010

Jeff C. in New York writes:

I THINK THIS VISIT IS OK, NOT CRITICAL FOR US, BUT GOOD. HELL, WE DONT NEED ENEMIES, HAVE ENOUGH OF THOSE ROUND THE WORLD. TO SHOW GOOD GESTURE BY OUR MILITARY IS IMPORTANT, MAKES US LOOK GOOD. SHOWS THE REST OF THE WORLD WE MEAN GOOD, NO HARM BY US, HELL, MAYBE SOME DAY A TERRORIST ACT MIGHT BE CARRIED OUT BY A THIRD WORLD NATION, NEVER KNOW. MUST CHECK THEM OUT NOW, SHOW PEACE AND HOPEFULLY NOTHING WILL EVER HAPPEN W/ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES.

kary
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Philippines
September 8, 2010

Kary in the Philippines writes:

ok

Robert d.
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New York, USA
September 8, 2010

Robert D. in New York writes:

I think it's kool tht the navy is making faster and better ships I can't wait to see wat they think of next

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