USNS Spearhead Sails to Colombia for SPS-JHSV 15

The joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1), operated by the Military Sealift Command, arrived in Cartagena, Colombia for the Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15) mission, Sept. 16.

On Spearhead’s fourth stop it delivered three Adaptive Force Package (AFP) elements ashore- Navy Divers, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technicians and a Mass Communication Specialist.

SPS-JHSV 15’s mission to the region exemplifies U.S. Naval Forces and U.S. Southern Command’s commitment to cooperative partnerships in the Caribbean, Central and South America.

The AFP team will be joined by Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 133 (NMCB) from Gulfport, Mississipi.

The Navy Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 3-1 from EODMU3 and EOD Technicians from Platoon 642, EODMU6 depart from the AFP currently in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala to conduct SMEEs in Colombia.

In previous countries, divers and EOD worked together during SMEEs. In Colombia, they will be focusing on rating specific specialties and teaching two different groups.

The SPS-JHSV 15 mission will continue through mid-October.

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