USS Mustin Pulls into Vietnam for Port Visit

Story Number: NNS081020-11Release Date: 10/20/2008 3:54:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (AW) Robert S. Cole, Fleet Public Affairs Det., Japan

DA NANG, Vietnam (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) and its crew arrived in Da Nang Oct. 18 for a scheduled port visit.

While in port, the ship's crew of approximately 300 Sailors will participate in several community relations projects to include conducting yard work and painting a fence that surrounds the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for disabled children. Mustin Sailors will also play a volleyball game against their counterparts from the Vietnam People's Navy and challenge a local soccer team at San Chi Lang Stadium. As part of Project Handclasp, Sailors will hand out toys and books as well.

"This visit emphasizes the growing cooperation between the United States and Vietnam," said Mustin Commanding Officer, Cmdr. James Jones. "It gives the crew a great opportunity to experience the wonderful culture of Vietnam and Da Nang in particular."

"Community relations projects are important in providing an opportunity for us to work with our Vietnamese neighbors to achieve a common goal while simultaneously giving us an opportunity to thank our hosts for their gracious hospitality. It is also incredibly rewarding to make a positive impact on the lives of others," Added Jones.

Mustin is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and is permanently forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. 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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