SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) (TR) stopped in Singapore, Oct. 24-28, for a port visit.
TR's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) offered event and excursion options, including trips to Universal Studios, the Singapore Zoo, S.E.A. Aquarium, Cloud Forest and Flower Dome indoor gardens, Jurong Bird Park, Adventure Cove Waterpark, a night safari in the nocturnal animal park, a ride down the Singapore River in a bumboat, and a cultural tour of the city.
"We have a wide variety of interests on board, so we try to find something for everyone to enjoy," said Megan Villapudua, TR's MWR head. "It sounds like people have really enjoyed the tours. Responses are still coming in, and so far everyone really loved Singapore as a whole."
Three of the tours were completely sold out, and the night safari was among the most popular. The night safari gave adventurers a rare view of nocturnal animals out and about in the moonlight. Additionally, they were treated to a fire-eating show.
Operations Specialist 3rd Class Kali Washington had a chance to get closer to local creatures of the night than she ever thought she would.
"We rode through the jungle. There weren't any gates, so we got to see the animals up close and personal," she said. "That was the coolest part."
While in port, TR's Religious Ministries Department facilitated a number of community service projects. A trip to the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen was the perfect way for Operations Specialist 1st Class Jere Alan Geiger to thank Singapore for its remarkable hospitality.
"I volunteer for events like these to reach out and help people," he said. "These people are nice enough to open up their country to us, so I wanted to do something nice for them."
Singapore provided TR's crew with an opportunity to see something different.
"It was nice to see greenery and not to be sweating while standing all the time," said Villapudua. "I think a lot of people had a lot of fun. They got to explore, and it wasn't just the same routine."
The Singaporean people's hospitality left an impact on TR's crew.
"I thought that the people in Singapore were probably the nicest people I've ever encountered," said Villapudua. "I don't think I had ever really thought of Singapore as a destination place to visit, but it was beautiful, easy to transit, everyone was super accommodating, the food was great, the experiences were cool, and I just had a lot of fun."
Theodore Roosevelt is the flagship of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, which is composed of Carrier Strike Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 1, Destroyer Squadron 2 staff, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and the guided-missile destroyers USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), USS Farragut (DDG 90) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98).
Theodore Roosevelt is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a worldwide deployment en route to its new homeport in San Diego, to complete a three-carrier homeport shift.
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