SINGAPORE (April 4, 2011) Sailors from the mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) gather with participants from several other nations following a community service project at one of Singapore’s waste management facilities for the program known as Project Eco-Frog. Guardian took part in the 4th Western Pacific Mine Countermeasures Exercise co-hosted by the Singapore and Indonesian navies. (Official U.S. Navy photo)

SINGAPORE – Sailors from the mine countermeasure ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) participated in a community service project in support of Singapore’s waste management program on April 4.

In the early 1990s, the country opened a waste management facility on two small islands off the main island of Singapore, to support its environmental needs utilizing the three R's — reduce, reuse and recycle.

Twenty Sailors of all ranks took the trip to the waste management facility, and learned about the characteristics of the plant and its mission through a guided tour by bus and a boat.

After the tour, Sailors like Mineman 2nd Class Jamnis Lacy, spent the rest of the afternoon sorting through trash that had been dumped at the facility, ensuring proper disposal of the waste.

“It was interesting to learn about the problems created by Singapore’s population density and their methods of dealing with them,” Lacy said. “They shared a lot of really good ideas about how to deal with waste management issues.”

Several members of Guardian’s crew joined sailors from Australia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore in tackling the trash.

“I’m glad that we were able to spend some time helping them carry out the process,” Lacy commented.

Sailors from the Guardian said that while it was a long and hard day of work, they appreciated the opportunity of being a part of the program known as Project Eco-Frog.

The community service event concluded Guardian’s crew participation in the 4th

Western Pacific Mine Countermeasures Exercise, which was co-hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Indonesian Navy.

Guardian’s partaking in the exercise, which is designed to advance mutual cooperation and information-sharing among the Western Pacific Naval Symposium navies in mine countermeasures operations, also strengthen U.S. ties with nations taking part in the exercise.