HONG KONG (NNS) -- The USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Carrier Strike Group made a call to the Far East port of Hong Kong Aug. 6, seizing the opportunity for some long-anticipated rest and recreation in this "Gateway to China."
Accompanying Carl Vinson, which is homeported in Bremerton, Wash., are the strike group's guided-missile cruiser, USS Antietam (CG 54), and guided-missile destroyer, USS Lassen (DDG 82), both homeported in San Diego; frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61), homeported in Everett, Wash.; and fast-combat support ship USS Sacramento (AOE 1), homeported in Bremerton, Wash.
The port visit provides the ships' more than 6,400 Sailors and Marines a chance to experience the culture and hospitality of Hong Kong, sight see, and participate in community service projects for their hosts.
The Carl Vinson Strike Group was ordered to the Western Pacific Feb. 7 in an effort to maintain America's standing commitment to peace, stability and theater security cooperation in coordination with allies and friends in the region.
The arrival in Hong Kong marked the aircraft carrier's first visit to the port since November 1998.
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