BITUNG, Indonesia (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) joined a number of nations' military and local performance groups in a parade celebrating the Indonesia International Fleet Review Aug. 18 while the ship was anchored off the coast of Bitung, Indonesia.
McCampbell is one of several nations attending the fleet review, which celebrates the 64th anniversary of Indonesia's independence.
The event began with a meet-and-greet opportunity for the Sailors and military services participating in the parade. McCampbell Sailors interacted with their counterparts from Australia, New Zealand, the People's Republic of China, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia, as well as local children's performance groups at the Manado Convention Center.
The services then marched in formation together down the street, waving and greeting the local citizens. McCampbell Sailors, representing the U.S. Navy, passed by a number of neighborhoods and business districts before reaching a formal dais where several high-ranking military officials representing the different services were seated, including the U.S. Navy's Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Gary Roughead.
Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 2nd Class Matthew Poll of Los Angeles was overwhelmed by the positive response to the McCampbell Sailors' participation.
"I couldn't believe how friendly everyone was. I have never seen anything like it before," Poll said. "And it was great to meet the other military services in a setting where it's not just about doing a mission. You were able to just talk."
USS McCampbell is assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and patrols the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting routine operations. Operating in the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean, the U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets covering 48 million square miles, with approximately 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft, and 40,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any time.
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