Saturday, October 18, 2008

GW Wraps Up First Port Visit as Forward-Deployed Unit

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Carlos Gomez, USS George Washington Public Affairs

BUSAN, South Korea (NNS) -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) (GW), the Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, wrapped up its first port visit Oct. 10, in Busan, South Korea, where Sailors participated in this year's International Fleet Review.

This was the carrier's first official port call as part of the forward deployed naval forces.

George Washington along with USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) were in Busan to participate in the International Fleet Review commemorating the Republic of Korea's armed forces' 60th anniversary. In addition to the fleet review, chiefs of navies and action officers from 24 countries participated in the Western Pacific Naval Symposium '08.

GW Sailors hosted a reception Oct. 8 aboard the ship for nearly 600 guests. The ship also conducted public tours Oct. 8-9 and hosted more than 500 visitors.

While in port, GW Sailors volunteered for a number of community outreach projects at local schools and orphanages. Along with members of Australian and Thai navies, they held a wreath-laying service at the local United Nations Memorial Cemetery. They also experienced the local culture through a number of trips and tours.

The George Washington Carrier Strike Group is currently at sea training in the Pacific Ocean.