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News | April 16, 2018

Continuing Promise 2018 Arrives in Guatemala

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kayla Cosby

PUERTO BARRIOS, Guatemala (NNS) -- A team comprised of 250 Navy and Army service members disembarked the Military Sealift Command's expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) after arriving in Puerto Barrios, April 5, for its second mission stop during Continuing Promise 2018 (CP-18).

CP-18 will provide medical, dental, environmental and veterinary care, which will include preventive treatments, optometry screenings, and women's health services. Civil military operations, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief will also be a part of the mission in Guatemala.

"This is the eighth time that Continuing Promise has visited Guatemala," said Capt. Angel Cruz, the designated Commander, Task Force 48 for the Continuing Promise mission. "We are here to show our commitment to a great alley and friend, the Guatemalan people. Together, working alongside government, military and non-governmental organizations, we hope to reach as many people as possible."

An opening ceremony will be held at Comando Naval de Carribe Naval Base, followed by a tentative media availability with CP-18 leadership, April 8.

CP-18 is scheduled to run from March to May and recently completed their visit to Honduras and Key West. They are slated to visit Columbia for their final stop.

CP-18 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America.

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