SYDNEY, Australia (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and the guided missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) arrived in Sydney, Australia, Oct. 10 for a scheduled port visit.
During the visit, more than 1,500 Sailors and 1,300 Marines will have a chance to participate in friendship-building activities, meet local citizens and experience local customs and traditions.
"Australians have warmly welcomed the United States Navy to this wonderful country for 100 years, and we are honored to have such a strong ally and such a steadfast friend in Australia," said Peleliu Commanding Officer, Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock. "Sydney is always a favorite place for our Sailors and Marines to visit. We are looking forward to experiencing, firsthand, the culture of a great nation and the friendliness of its people."
Sailors and Marines are scheduled to participate in two community relations projects while in Sydney. First, a group of Sailors and Marines will volunteer their time Oct. 11 at the St. John's Volunteer Ambulance Station where they will help clean ambulances, sort files and supplies. A second group of volunteers is scheduled to spend time with children at the Randwick Children's Hospital Oct. 12.
Peleliu is the flagship of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit which is currently conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets, with approximately 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft and 40,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time.
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