USNS Grasp Crew Improves School Building in Antigua

Friday, July 18, 2008

Civil service mariners from Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp completed three days and more than 445 man-hours of improvement projects at the for the Deaf and for the Blind Unit in yesterday.
Grasp arrived in Antigua July 4 as part of a four-month international outreach mission to the . While the ship’s embarked team of 15 Navy divers conducted tailored training and security operations with military divers from , and , Grasp’s civil service mariners sought out an opportunity to do a goodwill project ashore.
The 60-year-old, 3,400 square foot school is attended by 18 deaf and three blind children.
Over the course of July 15-17, all 29 of Grasp’s civil service mariners and the four sailors of the ship’s military detachment spent time, most of it volunteered, working at the school. Three of the embarked Navy divers also participated.
Grasp’s crew pressure washed the building’s exterior, painted all interior and exterior walls – a surface area of more than 11,000 square feet, removed 21 55-gallon lawn bags of trash and landscaped the school’s courtyard. 
Grasp’s crew of 29 civil service mariners operate and navigate the ship, while about a dozen specially-trained rescue and salvage divers from the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group Two and Underwater Construction Team One are aboard to conduct diving operations. Grasp also has a permanent detachment of four sailors who operate the communications suite.

Grasp’s current deployment, called Navy Diver–Global Fleet Station 2008, is directed by the U.S. Southern Command and is designed to enhance maritime security in the region.

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Titanic's Last Luncheon Menu Heading to Auction

More than a century after first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic ate grilled mutton chops and custard pudding in an elaborate dining room, the ship's

Georgia Hooks Trident Seafoods

Trident Seafoods has opened a $40 million production and distribution center in Carrollton, Ga., providing 175 full-time jobs and the capacity to produce 50,000

Hurricane Fred Strengthens in Eastern Atlantic

Hurricane Fred strengthened early Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde Islands, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3890 sec (3 req/sec)