The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived in Guam for a goodwill port visit, Oct. 2.
This marks George Washington’s third visit to Guam since relieving the now decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in 2008.
George Washington is currently conducting its 2014 patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations, and most recently completed the joint exercise Valiant Shield 2014 in the Guam operating area, as well as unit level training-sustainment (ULTRA-S) certification. ULTRA-S is an evaluation designed to evaluate a ship’s readiness in different requisite warfare areas to capture the culmination of the forward-deployed naval forces carrier unit level training and ensure it perpetuates the highest possible levels of proficiency.
More than 5,000 George Washington Sailors will have the opportunity to volunteer in various Guam communities by participating in community relations (COMREL) projects organized by George Washington’s Command Religious Ministry Division (CRMD).
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 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 Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Press Release, October 02, 2014; Image: US Navy