GWCSG Arrives in Sasebo for Goodwill Port Visit
GWCSG Arrives in Sasebo for
Goodwill Port Visit
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd
Class Chris Cavagnaro, USS George Washington Public Affairs.
Sasebo, Japan – (NNS) – July 31, 2014
– The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) arrived in Sasebo,
Japan, for a scheduled port visit, August 1.
More than 5,500 GWCSG Sailors will have the opportunity to
volunteer their time and efforts to help make a difference in various Japanese
communities by participating in community relations (COMREL) projects and
attending a broad spectrum of tours, hiking trips, sporting events and shopping
excursions offered by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).
East China Sea (July 25, 2014) F/A-18 Super Hornets fly in
formation over the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George
Washington (CVN 73). George Washington and its embarked air wing,
Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends
the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
Seaman Matthew Riggs
"Our visit to Sasebo offers great recreational and
goodwill-generating activities," said Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of
the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington
(CVN 73). "This port visit gives us an opportunity to show our partners in Japan
that they have no better friend than the United States Navy."
While in Sasebo, approximately 65 crew members from GWCSG
will take part in three COMREL projects organized by George Washington's Command
Religious Ministry Division, including volunteer opportunities at two homes for
the elderly and a visit to Tenshin-ryo Children's Home.
"COMREL's offer an opportunity for Sailors to gain experience
and exposure to various cultures and customs of our host nations," said
Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Kassandra Castaneda, from San Antonio. "Everyone
who participates has the chance to leave a lasting impression upon those whom
may have little firsthand experience understanding the United States and its
MWR also organized four friendship-building sporting events
with Japanese nationals as well as multiple tours for Sailors to enjoy,
including a trip to Kashima Shrine, which is largely considered one of the three
great shrines in Japan; a Sasebo city tour to give Sailors a small sampling of
what the Sasebo area has to offer; and a day trip to the historical city of
Nagasaki, nicknamed the "city of peace.'"
"It's rare that we get an opportunity to visit a city with
such historical significance as Nagasaki," said Momoyo Harris, George
Washington's MWR director. "About 150 Sailors signed up for the tour and I'm
certain it will be one to remember."
Many GWCSG Sailors are looking forward to going ashore to
enjoy some much-needed time off and travel opportunities.
"I'm excited to be able to visit Sasebo and get a break from
the routine of life underway," said Logistics Specialist Seaman Vincent Snyder,
from Fayetteville, N.C. "I'm looking forward to spending time with my friends,
talking with my family back in the U.S., and checking out the Mitsui Green Land
Amusement Park to ride the roller coasters."
The GWCSG includes the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile
cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Shiloh (CG 67), and the
Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyers USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)
and USS Stetham (DDG 63).
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier
Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the
collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies, and partners in the
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