The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit, July 11.
GWCSG’s visit to Busan serves to increase goodwill and partnership between the two nations through community relations (COMREL) and sporting events, ship tours, and a welcome reception for ROK business, civic and military leaders.
“Port visits to Busan are aimed to build friendships and goodwill with the ROK people,” said Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). “The strike group’s visit also demonstrates the United States’ commitment to the alliance between our two great countries.”
The GWCSG will participate in eight COMREL events, including assisting senior citizens and orphans, and sporting events with local children and clubs.
GWCSG Sailors will also have the opportunity to participate in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours that include visiting the demilitarized zone that separates North and ROK, Busan Temple and Sea Aquarium.
The GWCSG consists of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5; Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Shiloh (CG 67); and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63).
Press Release, July 11, 2014; Image: Wikimedia