USNS Spearhead completes first mission stop in support of SPS-JHSV 15

25 August 2015 (Last Updated August 25th, 2015 18:30)

US Navy and Marine personnel from USNS Spearhead have successfully completed the first mission stop in support of Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15) in Puerto Castilla, Honduras.

US Navy and Marine personnel from USNS Spearhead have successfully completed the first mission stop in support of Southern Partnership Station-Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 (SPS-JHSV 15) in Puerto Castilla, Honduras.

A US Southern Command-sponsored deployment, SPS-JHSV 15 aims to improve cooperative partnerships with regional maritime services and enhance operational readiness for all participating services.

Sailors and Marines were deployed from the US Navy's first Spearhead-class joint high-speed vessel as an adaptive force package (AFP).

SPS-JHSV 2015 AFP commander, commander Robert Toth said: "We accomplished quite a lot while in Honduras.

"Overall, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines exceeded all expectations and have left a lasting impact on the host nation."

"Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines exceeded all expectations and have left a lasting impact on the host nation."

SPS-JHSV 15 offers the US and partner nation forces with an opportunity to operate in the multinational environment, refine coordination, improve interoperability, and demonstrate flexibility.

The AFP delivered training and subject matter expert exchanges (SMEEs), performed community relations projects, and completed multiple construction projects throughout the Colon district.

The US Marine Corps (USMC) combat engineers from 8th Engineer Support Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and navy Seabees, assigned to Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 303 in San Diego, collaborated on various community construction projects.

In addition, the USMC water purification specialists provided freshwater from the ocean after processing it through a lightweight water purification system.

Non-commissioned officer-in-charge USMC Sergeant Matthew Lore said: "During our short time in Honduras, we created 10,000 gallons of freshwater.

"We also created 5,000 gallons for the local community of Puerto Castilla and distributed it in five-gallon jugs to those in need."