NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The Navy's newest Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), anchored off the coast of Naples, Italy, June 11 for the ship's third port call of its first deployment.
The ship's crew and the Sailors of embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8 will explore Naples and surrounding cities of Italy through tours offered by the ship's morale, welfare and recreation services program (MWR), and will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach projects.
"It is a great opportunity to explore the history, culture and food that has had a significant impact on Western civilization and the U.S. in particular," said George H.W. Bush Executive Officer Capt. William Pennington.
MWR will offer four different tours for the Sailors, including an overnight visit to Rome that provides a tour of many of the city's historical monuments, as well as self-guided tours in Pompeii, Naples and Rome.
For at least one George H.W. Bush Sailor, a port visit in Italy is a homecoming of sorts. Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Tyler Scott recently transferred from a shore command in Sigonella, Italy, where he met his Sicilian wife, Valeria. After a month underway, he is going back to Italy to see his wife and their one-year-old child.
"I'm taking leave and we're going to Sorrento, a resort town about an hour south of Naples," Scott said. "I've seen Rome and Naples before. The only thing I want to do now is relax with my wife and child."
While most visiting Sailors will not find the country as familiar as Scott, it does offer several amenities at the U.S. naval base in Naples that will make them feel more at home. Sailors can shop and relax at the Navy Exchange (NEX), commissary, movie theatre and bowling alley located on base.
"After two ports where everything is different and unfamiliar, I can go to the NEX and know what to expect," said Logistics Specialist Seaman Jeff Lyles from George H.W. Bush Supply Department's S-8 Division. "It'll be good to see something I recognize."
George H.W. Bush departed its homeport of Norfolk, Va., May 11, and entered the 6th Fleet area of responsibility May 17.
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