USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The Norfolk-based nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) departed Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 20, concluding its sixth port visit during her regularly scheduled six-month deployment.
Enterprise is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and USS Lassen (DDG 82). More than 5,500 Sailors and Marines are deployed aboard Enterprise and attached units.
While in port, the ship's crew built relationships with local nationals by participating in community relations (COMREL) projects. Nearly 200 Sailors and Marines contributed to several different COMREL projects over the four-day period. The projects included repairing and cleaning at local children's shelters, and playing sports and sharing stories with the children who lived there.
"Whenever we are involved in service for others, we always get more out of it than we give," said Lt. John Monahan, one of Enterprise's chaplains.
The crew also took the opportunity to see the sights of Kuala Lumpur by taking advantage of several tours and athletic events arranged by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) committee.
Nearly 1,600 Sailors and Marines purchased MWR-sponsored tours while another 200 decided to take the opportunity to spend the night away from the ship by purchasing hotel rooms, which cost a total of $30,000.
The crew was able to purchase tickets for a golf outing, golf tournament, water theme park, and tours of the city of Kuala Lumpur and areas beyond the main city. The most popular tour was Beyond the City with 670 tickets sold.
"The temple was amazing. I'm Hindu, so I needed to go to the temple," said Yeoman 3rd Class Vijai Rahaman of Carrier Strike Group 12's flag staff. "It's been a long time since I've been to one. Also, the caves were incredible. It was like walking onto the set of one of the Lord of the Rings movies."
During the four-day visit, Enterprise also opened the doors of the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to more than 600 visitors for ship tours, including representatives from the U.S. embassy in Malaysia.
"The Sailors and Marines stationed aboard Enterprise once again showed themselves to be ambassadors of the United States," said Capt. Larry Rice, Enterprise commanding officer. "Through their conduct in town and the liberty time they freely gave to the local community, the crew of the Enterprise left a positive impression in yet another part of the world."
Rear Adm. Ray Spicer, commander, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, also spoke very highly of the visit and the performance of his Sailors and Marines in the strike group.
"As East coast ships, we rarely get to come to this side of the world," said Spicer. "Our Sailors and Marines thoroughly enjoyed their visit, made some lasting friendships with the people of Malaysia, and will never forget the time they spent here."
Enterprise departed her homeport in Norfolk, Va., May 2, and is currently operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
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