• Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Erica L. Smith, daughter of Sara and Eddie Smith of Cloquet, Minn., along with 1, 000 fellow sailors and Marines on USS New Orleans (LPD-18), home ported in San Diego, Calif., recently embarked on a scheduled three-month deployment in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS).
SPS is a deployment of various specialty platforms to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in Latin America. The mission’s primary goal is information sharing with various navies, coast guards, and civilians services throughout the region.
USS New Orleans is a part of Amphibious Squadron FIVE (CPR5). CPR5 prepares and directs expeditionary warfare missions in support of national objectives by employing the combat power of amphibious ships, cruiser-destroyer attack ships and the Marine Corps in the maritime, littoral and inland environments.
“The training in which we engaged in will continue to solidify the foundation for global security and prosperity,” said CPR5 Commodore, Capt. Peter J. Brennan, SPS mission commander.
Smith is a 2001 graduate of Cloquet Senior High School and joined the Navy in January 2005.
For more information on the USS New Orleans, visit www.new-orleans.navy.mil and www.navy.Mil.