HONG KONG (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) pulled into Hong Kong April 6, following five weeks of exercises in the Western Pacific.
The 5,500 Sailors of the ship's crew and embarked air wing will have the opportunity to enjoy the renowned hospitality of the city for an extended weekend before heading back to sea to continue their scheduled Western Pacific deployment.
"Hong Kong has been a favorite port of call for our Sailors for several years," said Capt. Andrew McCawley, Lincoln's commanding officer. "We expect it will remain so for several years to come."
While in port, the crew of Abraham Lincoln as well as Carrier Strike Group 9 will take part in several community service efforts throughout the city.
"The community relations projects are a great way for Sailors to help out Hong Kong on a personal level and act as excellent ambassadors of the United States," said McCawley.
The 1,092-foot-long aircraft carrier's last deployment was marked by its speedy response and humanitarian assistance following the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia, Dec. 26, 2004.
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