HONG KONG (NNS) -- Sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the flagship for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 arrived in Hong Kong, China, June 10 for a scheduled port visit.
While in port, approximately 6,000 crew members will have a chance to visit the city of Hong Kong, participate in friendship-building and goodwill-generating activities as well as cultural exchanges.
"We appreciate the international aspects and special status of Hong Kong and look forward to our opportunities to visit this crossroads of the Orient," said Commander, Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller. "Visits like this show how our countries share many common interests and prove that we can make so many good things happen when we work together."
A number of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tours will allow Sailors to take affordable excursions throughout the city. Sailors from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group will also participate in a number of community service projects.
Ronald Reagan Commanding Officer Capt. Terry B. Kraft said he is looking forward to Ronald Reagan Sailors being able to experience the culture of Malaysia during the ship's visit to Hong Kong.
"Hong Kong is a favorite place for our Sailors to visit. The crew always enjoys opportunities to these to experience its culture," said Kraft. "Ronald Reagan Sailors are excellent ambassadors for the United States whenever we make a port visit."
Kraft said that his Sailors are excited about the eleven community service projects Reagan Sailors have been asked to participate in and the warm welcome the Chinese have given the ship. "We are excited about an opportunity to interact with people of Hong Kong through our projects," he added.
Commissioned in 2003, Reagan is the Navy's newest Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and is currently underway on its maiden deployment in support of the global war on terrorism and maritime security operations.
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