500 teddies from Hugs Across America just joined the Navy to assist in a good will mission bringing medical assisstance and comfort to needy families in Latin America and the Caribbean. Two U.S. Navy amphibious ships have been involved with project “Continuing Promise”, providing health care and other relief services to nine Latin American and Caribbean nations during this humanitarian and civic assistance mission. Continuing Promise offers valuable training to U.S. military personnel while promoting partnerships and goodwill. USS Boxer (LHD 4) wrapped up the first phase in June after its embarked medical and engineering crews worked with partner nations to provide services in three countries. Beginning in August, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) will conduct the second phase, bringing care to six nations during a five-month deployment. Commodore of the deployment, Captain Frank Ponds, will provide information for those who wish to follow the Navy Ship’s progress.