U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) wrapped up a four-day visit to Hong Kong setting sail from port on April 11.
The visit allowed nearly 2,500 sailors and marines assigned to the ship and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit the opportunity to experience Hong Kong’s culture and engage with the community.
The ship hosted a reception for distinguished guests April 10, to recognize the prosperous partnership between the United States and the People’s Republic of China and Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.
Visitors included Consul General of the United States to Hong Kong and Macau Kurt W. Tong and Senior Captain Fang Yuxin, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison.
During their stay, sailors and marines hosted ship tours, played sports with students at local schools, explored the area and learned about the culture with local citizens through the Hong Kong Hosts program and participated in morale, welfare and recreation events to explore the city’s attractions and heritage.
Makin Island, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, visited Hong Kong as part of regular operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.