CALLAO, Peru (NNS) -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) dropped anchor off the coast of Callao, Peru, for a scheduled port visit in the South American nation as part of Southern Seas 2010, a major component of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command's Partnership of the Americas.
The in port period follows four days of combined operations between Carl Vinson Strike Group and the Peruvian Navy and Air Force.
During the port visit the strike group Sailors will participate in several community relation projects and various Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities.
"Partnerships involve direct two-way interaction to truly be effective, said Rear Adm. Ted Branch, commander, Carrier Strike Group 1. "This port visit gives our Sailors a chance to really interact with the Peruvian people and at the same time get some well-deserved rest and recreation after all their hard work."
While in port, the strike group will attend several events sponsored by the government of Peru and will host various civil and military leaders during a reception on board the Carl Vinson.
"Southern Seas 2010 is about interacting with people and these interactions promote understanding," said Branch. "Our Sailors will experience a deeper appreciation and knowledge of Peruvian culture."
The port visit is the latest for Carl Vinson's crew, who visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in February 2010 and participated in a variety of activities both on and off the ship.
"The appeal of the Navy has always been to see the world, so the crew is very excited about our second port visit in South America and is eager to participate in the many community relations projects we have planned," said Capt. Bruce H. Lindsey, Carl Vinson's commanding officer. "Our Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department has done a great job of providing tours for the crew which is on its first deployment in over four years. They can get out and enjoy the culture of the wonderful country of Peru."
Following the port visit, Carl Vinson will continue with Southern Seas 2010 and meet with more South American military and civilian representatives.
Also conducting operations with Peru is USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), Destroyer Squadron 1 and air wing components from Carrier Air Wing 17, Strike Fighter Squadron 81, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40 and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 15, all of which are currently assigned to the Carl Vinson Strike Group.
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