BRISBANE, Australia (NNS) -- Sailors stationed aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) competed in a basketball game at the Murri Aboriginal School as part of a community service (COMSERV) project to strengthen relationships with the Brisbane community, August 1.
COMSERV projects give both Sailors and local communities the opportunity to share culture and experiences, and develop international ties.
"I think it's really good," said Jeffrey Locke, The Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School, or Murri School, board of director's member. "They idolize a lot of the American culture, so it's great for them to come out and see Americans play basketball with them."
The Murri School has approximately 240 students ranging in age from five to 18, primarily from the southern Queensland aboriginal community. The school's basketball team defeated the George Washington team during the friendly match.
"The game was wonderful," said Machinists' Mate 1st Class Alvin Dogojo. "The teams were made up of local students and they enjoyed playing against the American team."
Students from the school cheered both sides and enjoyed interacting with the Sailors.
"It's good for us to give the kids different experiences," said Locke. "It was great to give [the students] an idea of what's out there in the world. Having the Sailors come out has been really good."
George Washington will continue to perform COMSERV projects throughout the five-day Brisbane port visit.
"It's always good to give back," said Dogojo. "As Sailors, we have a lot of people back home and overseas who support us. If you have the opportunity to give back, just do it."
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing Five, provide a combat-ready force that protect and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its partners and allies in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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