DUQM, Oman (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived in Duqm, Oman for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 21.
This is the first time that Duqm, Oman has hosted an aircraft carrier. This port visit was designed to test the capability of the port to handle an aircraft carrier and provides the opportunity to strengthen the relationship with the Sultanate of Oman.
"This visit was strategically important." said Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. "The actions taken and lessons learned during this first-ever visit by a nuclear powered aircraft carrier will help pave the way for future port calls here and reinforces the superb relationship that 5th fleet has with the Sultanate of Oman."
The visit was a chance to visit a new country for the Sailors on board.
"This visit gave our Sailors an opportunity to experience the culture of one of our partner nations" said Capt. Andrew Loiselle, commanding officer of George H.W. Bush. "It was a great chance to visit Duqm and for the crew to take some well-deserved time off."
Sailors were able to relax, visit a local resort, and enjoy festivities on the pier including a barbecue, games and a movie under the stars. The ship's morale, welfare and recreation division also offered a tour in Oman to Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush.
"I think it's great that I am able to be a part of this experience, said Hospitalman Nicholas Zerbe, a Sailor on board USS George H.W. Bush, "especially if it benefits the fleet and my other shipmates. I really had a great time."
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.
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