CARTAGENA, Colombia (Feb. 24, 2012) -- Navy Diver 2nd Class Tyler Smith and Navy Diver 1st Class Helen Anderson, both assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, Company 2-1, perform pre-dive inspections on the KM 37 diving helmet aboard the Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grapple Feb. 24. Company 2-1 is participating in Navy Dive-Southern Partnership Station 2012, a multinational partnership engagement designed to increase interoperability and partner nation capacity through diving operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathleen A. Gorby)
The ND-SPS 12 mission is a multinational partnership engagement designed to increase interoperability and partner nation capacity through diving operations.
MDSU 2, Company 2-1, based in Little Creek, Va., is supporting the mission as subject matter experts during the engagement.
"We are concentrating developing interoperability with other countries," said Chief Warrant Officer Timothy O'Neal, MDSU 2, Company 2-1 officer in charge. "Developing these relations will help us work together more effectively in the future."
After the welcoming ceremony, divers assigned to MDSU 2, Company 2-1 conducted subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs) to the foreign divers on surface supply diving, chamber operations and dive medicine.
"I'm excited to work with the other nations, it gives us a chance to teach as well as learn from other divers," said Navy Diver 1st Class Joseph Jenkins, MDSU 2 Company 2-1, leading petty officer.
MDSU 2, Company 2-1 will conduct dive operations with the divers of several Caribbean, Central and South American countries, trading tactics and sharing experiences.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.