CARE-ier Strike Group Three


Story Number: NNS181129-02Release Date: 11/29/2018 11:02:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Angelina Grimsley, Carrier Strike Group 3 Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- More than 120 Sailors from Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 participated in community service projects at the Tanglin Salvation Army and the Chai Chee Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen in Singapore, Nov. 26-27.

Sailors who volunteered at the Tanglin Salvation Army sorted donated clothing, electronics, toys, and a variety of assorted household goods.

Lt. Ryan Albano, divisional officer in the Command Religious Ministries Department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and one of the event coordinators, said community service is a part of the mission and legacy of the Navy.

“This is perhaps one of the most important things I get to do in the Navy,” said Albano. “We set a high standard everywhere we go that the United States Navy does not simply come to consume. We also show up to give back.”

The Sailors volunteered on Monday and Tuesday, which are the days the Tanglin Salvation Army receives the bulk of its weekly donations.

“We are really happy to have extra help on our busiest days. It was a big help to us,” said Benjamin Sim, the location’s human resources manager.

Sailors also volunteered at Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen by breaking down over 300 pounds of fish for stocks and stews and helping to organize the dry storage of more than 500 pounds of rice.

“It’s important to show our host nation that we’re allies and represent ourselves and our nation in a positive light,” said Aviation Administrationman 2nd Class Javon Wilkerson, a volunteer at the soup kitchen.

Willing Hearts cooks, serves lunch, packages, and delivers an average of 6,000 meals a day from sunrise until after sunset to those in need. The meals are distributed to over 60 locations to feed Singaporeans who are unable to leave their homes.

The community service projects were conducted during a scheduled port visit to the island nation by John C. Stennis, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile cruiser USS Spruance (DDG 111).

The ships moored at Changi Naval Base following a high-end dual carrier strike force exercise in the Philippine Sea with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, providing Sailors the opportunity to explore the island and the city.

 

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Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 Sailors sort donated toys, clothes, and electronics at the Tanglin Salvation Army donation center in Singapore during a c
181126-N-EF115-0033 SINGAPORE (Nov. 26, 2018) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3 Sailors sort donated toys, clothes, and electronics at the Tanglin Salvation Army donation center in Singapore during a community outreach event. The Sailors volunteered at the center during a scheduled port visit to the island nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Angelina Grimsley)
November 29, 2018
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