|Description:||This 2008 photograph depicts U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Cmdr. Dale Bates, talking to a female patient in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, during operation Continuing Promise (CP) 2008. In this particular view, Cmdr. Bates appears to be handing the patient a blue plastic cup with an unknown contents, as well as a Colgate dental-related brochure.|
Cmdr. Bates was embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), which was supporting the Caribbean phase of operation CP 2008, an equal-partnership mission between the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Brazil, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.