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Thirty-five sailors from the USS Thomas
Gates spent their leave hours sprucing up Public School
No. 95 in Maldonado Monday (June 14).
The sailors were bussed from their ship
to the school, where they painted walls in the hallways,
cafeteria and classrooms. Some of the crew fixed plumbing
problems in the bathrooms.
The community service project was coordinated
by SFC Raymond Addarich of the Defense Attache’s Office
in the U.S. Embassy, Montevideo. Materials were provided
by US Southern Command.
On Tuesday (June 15) 15 representatives
of the Uruguayan media were given a tour of the ship, anchored
off the coast of Punta del Este. Journalists were allowed
to visit the Central Information Center, the bridge and
decks of the cruiser. Lt. Junior Grade Omar Garcia, Electrical
Technician 3rd Class Daniel Grimaldo and Store Keeper 2nd
Class Ruinol Flores led the tour in English and Spanish.
The Gates is in port as the escort ship
for the USS Ronald Reagan, which is passing Uruguay further
The crew from the Gates also brought supplies
such as shampoo, soap, first aid, diapers and skateboards
and books for Maldonado Public Hospital, Public Schools
Nos. 56 and 10, Club del Nino Diomsisio Diat de Maldonado
Nuevo, INAME (Hogar Femenino) and the Church of Maldonado
During a brief ceremony on the dock,
Cdr. Vincent Lambert of the Office of Defense Cooperation
of the U.S. Embassy thanked the crew of the USS Thomas Gates
for their donations and community service, the Uruguayan
Navy and customs for help in arranging the delivery of the
supplies. Operational Specialist Chief of the USS Gates
Kevin Duncan thanked Maldonado officials for allowing the
crew to participate in worthwhile community service projects.
|A sailor from the USS Thomas Gates plays
soccer with children at Public School No. 95 in Maldonado.
||SFC Raymond Addarich (left) supervises
crew members painting the school.
|Crew member repairs plumbing
at School No. 95.
||Sailors painting school
|The USS Thomas Gates off
the shore of Punta del Este.
||Uruguayan media meet Lt.
Junior Grade Omar Garcia on board the USS Gates.
|Garcia speaks to the media
||Operational Specialist Chief of the
USS Gates Kevin Duncan (center) organizes donations
with Veronica Perez-Urioste (left) and Sarina Penn of
the U.S. Embassy's Community Liaison Office.
|Duncan poses with embassy
representatives and a group from Club del Nino
||Representatives from Public School No.
56 arrive for the ceremony.
|Donation recipients meet
some of the USS Thomas Gates crew.
||Children help sailors load
donations onto trucks.