USS JOHN C. STENNIS, At Sea (NNS) -- After a five-day port visit in Singapore, Sailors and Marines from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to sea July 23.
While in port, Sailors and Marines participated in a wide variety of activities offered by Stennis' Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and Command Religious Ministries Departments (CRMD).
"This was a great port visit," said Senior Chief Postal Clerk (SW/AW) Matthew Kendall, Stennis' "mini-fun boss." "Having MWR tours and events help give each crew member a chance to make memories and see places they might never get to again."
MWR sold approximately 50 hotel room reservations; more than 350 Sailors played in the sports tournaments, and 1,166 Sailors participated in MWR sponsored tours, such as a trip to Sentosa Island, a night safari and a mountain bike trip.
"The mountain bike trip was a lot of fun," said Yeoman Seaman Andrew Lowe, from Training Department. "We probably did about six miles before lunch, got soaked in the rain and ate some really good food, but it was nice to get out on my own and bike."
Stennis' Sailors also had the opportunity to participate in a number of sports tournaments during MWR's "Sportsfest." Flag football, softball, basketball and soccer rounded out some of the most competitive events.
"We've been waiting to finally play some football," said Machinist's Mate 1st Class (SW/AW) Kirk Jeppson, from Reactor and Administration Department's championship winning flag football team. "Sports gives everyone a chance to let off a little steam and forget about anything and everything, except the game. It's always fun, but even more fun when your team wins."
Sailors also gave back to local communities by volunteering for several community relations (COMREL) projects organized by CRMD, including working with children and senior citizens and cleaning up beaches.
"COMRELs are a great way for us to establish strong ties with our hosting communities, and we had very good participation from Sailors and Marines this port," said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW/FMF) Andre Floyd, assigned to CRMD.
From tours and sports to COMRELs, Stennis' Sailors and Marines enjoyed their port visit, relaxed and had positive interaction with Singapore's local community.
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