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New Orleans Deploys for Southern Partnership Station
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and embarked units will depart San Diego for a three-month deployment in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS), June 10.

SPS is an annual deployment of U.S. military training teams to the U.S. Southern Command area of focus in the Caribbean and Latin America. The primary goal is to provide training to regional civil and maritime services, sharing information with navies, coast guards, and civilian services throughout the region.

"Southern Partnership Station provides the Navy a perfect opportunity to maintain and strengthen relationships with our partner nations in the region" said Commodore, Amphibious Squadron 5 (CPR-5) Capt. Peter J. Brennan, SPS mission commander. "Our planned military exchanges, exercises, and potential for humanitarian assistance will benefit not only our partner nations and navies, but I know that our Sailors and Marines will gain a lot through these professional and personal interactions."

Embarked military training teams and subject matter experts will provide partner nations with classroom and hands-on training in a variety of subjects. In addition to the CPR-5 staff and the New Orleans crew, the 24th Marines and Fleet Surgical Team 5 will also be interacting and sharing information. Subject matter experts will provide training in numerous professional areas including: ship handling, leadership, and shipboard helicopter operations, as well as other topics.

Service members from Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay will board New Orleans in San Diego and ride the ship throughout the deployment to facilitate one-on-one interaction with the crew while underway.

USS New Orleans, under the command of Cmdr. Jeff Oakey, is scheduled to visit Manzanillo, Mexico; Callao, Peru; Bahia Malaga, Colombia; and Balboa, Panama.

New Orleans helps provide deterrence, promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the sea and humanitarian/disaster response within Third Fleet's 50-million square mile area of responsibility in the Eastern Pacific, as well as supporting the Navy's Maritime Strategy when forward deployed.
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