USS Jason Dunham Sailors Conduct Community Relations in Odessa, Ukraine
Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) painted and removed weeds to help restore a play area at Lastochka Recuperative Home in Odessa, Ukraine, July 11.

ODESSA, Ukraine – Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) painted and removed weeds to help restore a play area at Lastochka Recuperative Home in Odessa, Ukraine, July 11.

Jason Dunham is in Ukraine to participate in Sea Breeze 2012, the largest naval exercise in the Black Sea this year.

Lastochka’s chief engineer, Alexsandr Chumachenko, said the effort by the U.S. Navy Sailors was greatly appreciated.

“It is very difficult to keep up our grounds because our facility is so large,” said Chumachenko. “We are thrilled to see Sailors come, because they ask for nothing in return. They just help.”

Lastochka serves more than 140 children, with some who stay in the dormitories on the grounds.

Ship Serviceman 1st Class Sherwin Shepherd said it was an easy decision to participate in the project.

“I feel I have been so blessed in my life, it’s my duty to give back,” said Shepherd. “It’s great to come out here to do some good and brighten up a place for these.”

The project was organized by the ship and Ukraine's Office of Defense Cooperation.

A sense of community responsibility led Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Brittany Hargrove to take part.

“We have to do what we can to help people in need, no matter where we find them,” said Hargrove. “Any small thing we can do for these children and is a worthwhile way to spend a morning.”

Jason Dunham is in Ukraine to participate in Sea Breeze 2012, the largest naval exercise in the Black Sea this year.

Sea Breeze 2012, co-hosted by the Ukrainian and U.S. navies, aims to improve maritime safety, security and stability engagements in the Black Sea by enhancing the capabilities of Partnership for Peace and Black Sea regional maritime security forces.

Jason Dunham is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.  

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