KOROR, Palau (NNS) -- Two Pearl Harbor based ships, guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) and guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70), visited the island of Palau, April 14.
"The United States has a unique and mutually beneficial relationship with Palau," said Hopper's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Jeffrey W. James. "We feel honored to explore the island, and experience the culture and rich history that this area holds."
The people of Palau and the Sailors have another common bond -- both are islanders. Port Royal's Commanding Officer, Capt. David B. Adler, and James extended a friendly "aloha" to Palau on behalf of themselves and their crews.
Port Royal and Hopper received a warm welcome from Vice President Elias Camsek Chin during the reception April 14, at the Ngarachemayong Cultural Center. Festivities included displays of local arts and crafts, performances by local dancers and samplings of traditional entrees.
Port Royal and Hopper are on a scheduled deployment in the U.S 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Operating in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, the U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of forward-deployed U.S. Fleets, with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time.
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