USS Michael Murphy visits Barbados: Sailors Engage with Local Community

The U.S. Navy’s newest warship, the USS Michael Murphy, arrived in Barbados Tuesday on its first international port of call. Led by Ambassador Larry L. Palmer, dozens of sailors ventured out into the community today to help the children of Barbados at the Boscobelle Primary School and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

At the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Ambassador Palmer and the sailors visited Pediatric Ward C7 to meet with the children and their parents. While there, the sailors donated “Hugs” – stuffed animals that were donated by American citizens.

A sailor from the USS Michael Murphy gets help from a student in planting a tree at the Boscobelle Primary School.

Delighted students at Boscobelle Primary School in St. Peter greeted Ambassador Palmer and the sailors of the USS Michael Murphy with a performance of Barbadian folk songs. The sailors spent hours clearing away bush and debris, planting trees provided by the National Conservation Commission, and beautifying the school grounds. The sailors also donated “Hugs” to the students.

United States Ambassador Larry L. Palmer (third from left) looks on as sailors from the USS Michael Murphy give stuffed toys to young patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

These events were organized by the U.S. Embassy through the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Navy in cooperation with our many friends and partners in Barbados.

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