USS Reuben James Visits New Caledonia


Story Number: NNS060319-03Release Date: 3/19/2006 5:31:00 PM
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By Ensign Jon Derges, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- USS Reuben James (FFG 57) visited Noumea, New Caledonia, a small French Pacific island approximately 800 miles northeast of Sydney, Australia, March 10.

The Hawaii-based frigate pulled into port to offer the ship and crew the opportunity to conduct routine maintenance, replenish supplies, and enjoy some rest and relaxation.

"New Caledonia is a very welcoming place," said Seaman Kevin Finnerty. "Some locals escorted us around to the beaches and showed us a where all the good night life was located. If I had another chance to go to New Caledonia again, I would."

This marks Reuben James' first visit to a foreign country in more than two years following a major overhaul and work-up schedule.

"It was a good time to get off the ship for a little rest and relaxation on the beaches of New Caledonia," explained Lt. j.g. Dan Neverosky. "It gave me and a few other Sailors a chance to call home and let the families know how the cruise was going so far."

U.S. Navy ships routinely make port calls in a variety of locations. Reuben James' visit was consistent with the United States' desire to interact with Pacific Rim nations and to promote regional cooperation. This port call was a demonstration of the continuing cooperative relationship between the U.S. and France in the global war on terrorism.

The ship embarked on a six-month deployment Feb. 27 as part of Expeditionary Strike Group 3.

For related news, visit the Commander, Navy Region Hawaii Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cnrh/.

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