(September 5, 2010) - The USS Curts (FFG38) visits the City of Ensenada as the first United States Navy warship to visit Ensenada in over eight years.
September 2nd, 2010: The USS CURTS arrived at the Port of Ensenada, Mexico to begin a Theater Security Cooperation mission of significance to further enhance the international relationship between the United States and Mexico. USS CURTS is the first United States warship to visit the Port of Ensenada in over eight years. This momentous occasion has been greatly anticipated by the USS CURTS, the United States Navy, and the City of Ensenada, MX.
To begin forging the strong bonds between CURTS crew and the people of Ensenada, CURTS Commanding Officer, CDR David Rowland, paid three separate office calls upon distinguished residents of Ensenada. CDR Rowland first met with Capitan Gerzain Castellanas, Capitan Mavio Lopez, and Vicealmirante Victor Gamboa Carballo, the Deputy of the Mexican Navy Region 2A. The officers discussed the ongoing cooperation between the United States Navy and the Mexican Navy and how pleased both parties were to have the USS CURTS visit Ensenada.
CDR Rowland then paid a call upon the Harbor Master, Jose Luis Rios Hernandez to commend him on the exceptional support that the USS CURTS had received upon arriving at the Port of Ensenada.
As his third office call for the day, CDR Rowland had the honor of meeting the Mayor of Ensenada, Pablo Alejo Lopez Nuñez, at the brand new Ensenada City Hall. He and the Mayor discussed how important it was to the city of Ensenada to have the USS CURTS as a visitor and ambassador of the United States.
September 3rd, 2010: The USS CURTS was honored to host Consulate General Steve Kashkett’s reception of many distinguished citizens and military officials of Ensenada, MX. Among the 166 guests attending the event were Rear Admiral Juan Guerra-Sanchez and Rear Admiral Victor Manuel Gamboa-Carvallo of the Mexican Navy, Rear Admiral Thomas Cropper, Commander Strike Force Training Pacific, General Alfonso Duarte-Mujica of the Mexican Army, and the Mayor of Ensenada, Pablo Alejo Lopez Nuñez. The reception played a key role in reintroducing the United States Navy to the City of Ensenada as the CURTS is the first United States Navy warship to visit Ensenada in over eight years. Just as Ensenada welcomed the USS CURTS into her port, the CURTS welcomed the citizens of Ensenada.
Using CURTS as the venue provided an intimate atmosphere which encouraged partnership building between the City of Ensenada and the United States Navy. The Consulate General’s focus of the evening centered around understanding the increased bilateral cooperation necessary between the United States and Mexico. In his speech, Mr. Kashkett discussed the common problems confronting both countries, specifically the border regions, which spanned drug trafficking, economic interdependence, and global security. He went on to say that all of these problems could be resolved by increasing the amount of cooperation between the United States and Mexico. The evening observed new relationships forged between the citizens of Ensenada and the CURTS’ crew. In their role as ambassadors to the City of Ensenada, the CURTS provided the initial steps to opening the door for future visits to the beautiful City of Ensenada and enhancing bilateral relationships.
September 4th , 2010: CURTS’ crew was both hard at work and play. The day began with an athletic challenge between CURTS’ crew and their Mexican Navy counterparts. Great fun was enjoyed by all as the bonds between the United States Navy and the Mexican Navy were further strengthened. On the other side of the city, approximately thirty CURTS’ crewmembers were diligently working to improve the facilities at El Faro Orphanage, home to over forty. In Spanish, El Faro means “the Lighthouse” and CURTS’ crew brightened up the orphanage with a fresh new coat of paint, both inside and out. Other crewmembers removed garbage, weeds, and other plant debris that had accumulated throughout the facility. CURTS’ crewmembers also donated over two pallets of PROJECT HANDCLASP that included various cleanliness and health items such as soap, shampoo, and cough syrup.