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.