Carrier Strike Group 9 Units Arrive in Malaysia


Story Number: NNS101008-04Release Date: 10/8/2010 4:48:00 AM
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By MCC(SCW/FMF) Eric S. Powell, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (NNS) -- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) arrived in Port Klang, Malaysia Oct. 8 where more than 5,000 Sailors will visit the city of Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas, experiencing first-hand, Malaysia's rich culture and history.

"This visit continues the longstanding maritime cooperation and cultural appreciation between the United States and Malaysia," said Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini, commander, Carrier Strike Group 9. "Trust and cooperation are fundamental to the promotion of peace and are essential for prompt, positive response in times of crisis."

While in Malaysia, U.S. Sailors have arranged for tours in and outside Kuala Lumpur, including shopping, adventure trekking, rock climbing, golf and a trip to historic Malacca.

"We're all thrilled to visit a modern, vibrant city like Kuala Lumpur," said Capt. John D. Alexander, USS Abraham Lincoln commanding officer. "Our Sailors plan to do some sightseeing and shopping in this magnificent country. They'll also participate in community service projects that will create a positive impact for the community ashore."

The port call is a demonstration of the continuing relationship between the United States and Malaysia. While visiting, hundreds of Sailors will participate in community service projects in partnership with local organizations.

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently in the U.S. 7th Fleet's area of responsibility as part of a routine deployment to promote peace, cooperation and stability in the region.

Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71), and the embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9. Ships assigned to DESRON 9 include the Everett-based destroyers Momsen (DDG 92) and Shoup (DDG 86), as well as USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Sterett (DDG 104).

For more information on Abraham Lincoln Strike Group and the USS Abraham Lincoln, visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/ or www.facebook.com/usslincoln.

For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

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