HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 12 (acn) Washington has launched a new initiative to Latin America called America Visits the Americas, which consists of expeditions, in what it calls cooperative maritime security operations to enhance inter-operational activities and build partnership to foster regional security.
Under this umbrella, the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) conducted a port visit to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while transiting to its home port of San Diego, California last July 21.
During the port visit, Guantanamo Bay provided diesel fuel as well as 45 pallets of provisions, supplies, and mail. Additionally 30 pallets of Operation Hand Clasp materials, a program that presumably transports educational, humanitarian, and good will materials on U.S. Navy ships were loaded.
But this ship, and maybe others, is slated to visit several Latin American nations allowing the ship's crew to serve as alleged goodwill ambassadors and experience local culture, according to international media reports that cited the website Navaltoday.com.