USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The Norfolk-based nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) http://www.enterprise.navy.mil/ made its fifth port visit since departing for its regularly scheduled six-month deployment, when the ship pulled into Changi Naval Base, Singapore, Aug. 2-6.
Enterprise is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group 12 and Carrier Air Wing 1. More than 5,000 Sailors and Marines are deployed aboard Enterprise.
While in port, the ship's crew built relationships with local nationals, participating in community relations (COMREL) projects. Nearly 200 Sailors and Marines contributed to several different COMREL projects over the four-day period. The projects included cleaning local beaches, playing soccer with at-risk kids from the Boy's Town Sports Clinic and spending the day swimming with kids from Child at Street 11, a center for underprivileged children.
"I feel like I really helped the community here," said Yeoman 2nd Class (SW/AW) Desiree Brewer, of Enterprise Executive Department, who took time to take kids from Child at Street 11 for a day of swimming. "I had a great time. I really enjoyed playing with the kids."
The crew also got the opportunity to see the sights of Singapore by taking full advantage of several tours and athletic events arranged by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) committee.
Nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines purchased MWR-sponsored tours, getting to enjoy the nightlife and vast shopping areas. Another 100 crew members decided to take the opportunity to spend the night away from the ship by purchasing hotels rooms also arranged by the ship's MWR.
One of the most popular tours was the Uniquely Singapore tour. Sailors and Marines sampled traditional Singaporean delicacies and toured the historical Chinatown section of the island nation, as well as visited some of the most popular shopping districts.
"It was a great way to enjoy the city," said Electrician's Mate 1st Class (SW) Antonio Mirabel, of Enterprise's engineering department's maintenance division. "We got the chance to learn more about the history of Singapore, and we got to see Chinatown. The whole experience was unbelievable."
With just under halfway of their six-month deployment complete, Mirabel said he feels this port visit will help keep the crew focused on its mission.
"This will definitely help us keep our edge," said Mirabel. "The visit itself was very comfortable and essential to helping us maintain prompt and sustained combat operations when we get back out to sea."
Over the four days, the ship also showed off America's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, opening its brow to nearly 300 visitors for ship tours, including representatives from the U.S. Embassy Singapore.
"I'm very proud of the way this crew presented themselves during this port visit," said Capt. Larry Rice, commanding officer of Enterprise. "Our Sailors and Marines answered the call and represented America as the ambassadors they truly are. On behalf of the 5,000 Americans serving aboard Big E, I would like to extend an appreciation to the fine people of Singapore for welcoming us into their beautiful nation."
Rear Adm. Ray Spicer, commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, also spoke very highly of the visit and the performance of his Sailors and Marines.
"During this deployment, we have had the opportunity as an East Coast aircraft carrier to make some unique port visits and make a lasting impact on our host countries. Singapore was no exception," said Spicer. "This visit was another example of the very positive impression these outstanding Sailors and Marines have made in every corner of the world."
Enterprise departed her homeport in Norfolk, Va., May 2. Enterprise is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
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