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Sailors and Marines assigned to USS Carter Hall Volunteer at School in Seychelles
Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) participated in a community service project, organized by the U.S. Embassy, at Beau Vallon School in Seychelles as part of the ship’s port visit, Aug 26. A
Lance Cpl. Daniel Rodriguez, assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), shows local children photos during community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th ad 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
5 photos: Carter Hall Volunteers at School in Seychelles
Photo 1 of 5: Lance Cpl. Daniel Rodriguez, assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), shows local children photos during community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th ad 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released) Download full-resolution version
Seaman Anthony Onword, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), paints during a community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
5 photos: Sailors and Marines assigned to USS Carter Hall Volunteer at School in Seychelles
Photo 2 of 5: Seaman Anthony Onword, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), paints during a community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released) Download full-resolution version
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles (Aug. 26, 2013) Master Chief Boatwain's Mate Johnny Ford, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), interacts with a child during a community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
5 photos: Sailors and Marines assigned to USS Carter Hall Volunteer at School in Seychelles
Photo 3 of 5: PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles (Aug. 26, 2013) Master Chief Boatwain's Mate Johnny Ford, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), interacts with a child during a community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released) Download full-resolution version
Chief Boatswain's Mate Gary Evansmurphy, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), trims a bush during a community relations (COMREL) project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
5 photos: Sailors and Marines assigned to USS Carter Hall Volunteer at School in Seychelles
Photo 4 of 5: Chief Boatswain's Mate Gary Evansmurphy, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), trims a bush during a community relations (COMREL) project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released) Download full-resolution version
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles -- Chief (Select) Yeoman Chere Wilson (middle), assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), dances with locals as they play music during community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
5 photos: Sailors and Marines assigned to USS Carter Hall Volunteer at School in Seychelles
Photo 5 of 5: PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles -- Chief (Select) Yeoman Chere Wilson (middle), assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), dances with locals as they play music during community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released) Download full-resolution version
Lance Cpl. Daniel Rodriguez, assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), shows local children photos during community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th ad 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
Seaman Anthony Onword, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), paints during a community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles (Aug. 26, 2013) Master Chief Boatwain's Mate Johnny Ford, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), interacts with a child during a community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
Chief Boatswain's Mate Gary Evansmurphy, assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), trims a bush during a community relations (COMREL) project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles -- Chief (Select) Yeoman Chere Wilson (middle), assigned to the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), dances with locals as they play music during community service project at Beau Vallon School. Carter Hall is a part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 26th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Released)

Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) participated in a community service project, organized by the U.S. Embassy, at Beau Vallon School in Seychelles as part of the ship’s port visit, Aug 26.

A total of 50 Sailors and Marines participated in the event, which allowed those involved to give back to the people of Seychelles.

“We were able to landscape and clean around the school, and we also painted the school,” said Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Shawna Fitzgerald, who helped organize the project. “They really appreciated the help, and we had a blast being there.”

There were many weeds to clear and trash to pick up around the school. They also trimmed hedges and did a general sweeping of the grounds. A fresh paint job made the school look newer and neater for the kids who attend the school.

“Thank you so much for volunteering. When the kids come back to school in September, they will have a nicer and cleaner school than when they left it thanks to you,” said Marie-Anette Ernesta, a Political/Economic Assistant in Seychelles.

Although school was not currently in session, Sailors and Marines also were able to interact with local children who were playing music in a classroom. Sailors showed the children some American dance moves, and the children demonstrated their dance steps as well.

“We were laughing and clapping our hands as they played music with drums and other instruments,” said Fitzgerald. “The kids were very cute and friendly. They also thanked us for being there.”

Service projects like the one conducted with the school serve to continue Naval Forces Europe-Africa efforts to strengthen maritime partnerships with East African nations like Seychelles in order to enhance regional stability.

“It is very important that we have gatherings like these,” said Ernesta. “Historically, Seychelles has a very close friendship with the U.S. and events like these continue to cement that friendship.”

Carter Hall is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibilities.

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