Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), with Marines of the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Hong Kong for a scheduled port visit on April 7th.
The port visit will allow the Sailors and Marines to experience the local culture and conduct community relations projects.
Makin Island’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Mark Melson, said port visits and liberty give the crew and embarked Marines a valuable opportunity to experience and gain an appreciation for new cultures.
“The Makin Island team is grateful for the opportunity to visit Hong Kong,” said Melson. “Our Sailors and Marines are looking forward to exploring this fantastic city and experiencing all the area has to offer. For many, it’s their first time to Hong Kong, and for all of us it’s a chance to interact with the local population as we continue to strengthen our partnership.”
Sailors and Marines are scheduled to participate in several community outreach events during their visit, including sporting events, cultural exchanges, and activities with students at local primary and secondary schools.