PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Carl Vinson Strike Group departed Guam, Feb. 3, following a three-day port visit to the island during its Western Pacific deployment.
Nearly 6,000 Sailors from aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) departed after arriving Jan. 30-31.
Sailors participated in organized tours including dolphin watching, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking and boat cruises. Crew members also enjoyed local restaurants, beaches and retail stores.
"This was my first time in Guam and I really enjoyed relaxing at the beach," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Terry Dutra from Carl Vinson's Combat Systems Department.
The strike group also welcomed local youth for ship tours. More than 60 students from McCool Middle School and JP Torres School toured Carl Vinson while Sailors from Michael Murphy interacted with Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets from Father Duenas Memorial School.
Michael Murphy crew members spoke with more than 20 NJROTC cadets about their jobs in the Navy right before the students showcased various drills performed during a recent competition. The cadets also toured the destroyer.
The strike group will continue operating in the Indo-Pacific region to conduct routine maritime operations, promote freedom of navigation, and work with partners and allies to enhance regional security and stability.
The strike group's deployment marks the second time it is operating under U.S. 3rd Fleet's command and control in the Indo-Pacific region. It includes Carl Vinson, Carrier Air Wing 2, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), and Destroyer Squadron 1 ships Wayne E. Meyer and Michael Murphy.
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