Published: Sunday October 7, 2012 MYT 5:49:00 PM
Updated: Sunday October 7, 2012 MYT 7:49:36 PM
USS George Washington makes first visit to Malaysia
PORT KLANG: The United States Navy's full-time forward-deployed aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, made its maiden port call here Sunday aimed, among others, to promote cooperation and bolstering strong relations between the republic and Malaysia.
The ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Greg Fenton (pic), said the five-day port visit would provide an opportunity for the sailors to broaden their horizon and inculcate a deep understanding of the Malaysian maritime environment.
"The big part of the port visit is to listen to the Malaysian armed forces on the way they conduct business and see how we could learn from them as well. "Our sailors have volunteered to support six community service projects while in port here in order to increase the engagement with the local population," he told reporters who were taken on a tour on board the carrier, which is docked at the Port Klang Cruise Centre here.
He said the six community service projects included volunteer services at a school for children of Myanmar refugees and the Juara-Glad Tidings Home for Children.
Fenton said the sailors would also have the opportunity to socialise with American families through the Kuala Lumpur American Sailor Socials (KLASS) programme developed for American families living in Kuala Lumpur to show appreciation to fellow American servicemen and women who are serving on ships.
He said more than 500 Malaysian dignitaries including military personnel would be hosted to a welcoming reception on board the ship tomorrow.
The USS George Washington, which was commissioned on July 4, 1992 with 5,000 sailors on board, is scheduled to conduct 11 ship tours namely for Malaysian business and military officials and host a safety and medical exchange programme with the Malaysian military. - Bernama