Harpers Ferry Sailors Bid Farewell to Hong Kong


Story Number: NNS160329-02Release Date: 3/29/2016 9:06:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Eshleman, USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) Public Affairs

HONG KONG (NNS) -- Dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) departed Hong Kong following a successful port visit, March 25.

The visit allowed Sailors and Marines the opportunity to experience culture, cuisine, people and landscape of the city, while exploring in their own groups and during Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours organized by the ship's MWR committee.

"It was so cool to be able to experience the incredible diversity in culture, one second you're walking in a modern city and the next you're in a local market or coming across a temple or monument," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Matthew Gentile.

In addition to MWR tours, the crew had the opportunity to participate in cultural exchanges coordinated by the ship's chaplain and to interact with local youth and children at the G.T. (Ellen Yeung) College, Cheerland Nursery School Kindergarten, and CMA Choi Cheung Kok Secondary School.

"It was incredible to see how much simply playing and reading with these children improved their day," said Information Technician 3rd Class Megan Ellison, who participated in the cultural exchange. "That experience was the highlight of my Hong Kong port visit."

The crew also did a subject-matter expert exchange with the Hong Kong Marine Police Harbor division to practice visit, board, search and seizure tactics.

According to the ship's Chief Master-at-Arms Jose Cruzalvarez, the Sailors and Marines conducted themselves professionally, and successfully upheld the image of good order and discipline that the ship promotes while in port.

"The crew of Harpers Ferry continued its record of successful operations by viewing liberty as a mission and enjoying Hong Kong without any liberty incidents," said Cruzalvarez.

Since leaving San Diego Feb. 12, Harpers Ferry has conducted operations in the U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of operations to include participation in Exercise Ssang Yong 16.

Harpers Ferry is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). The Boxer ARG, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit team is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security efforts in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

For more news on USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) visit http://www.navy.mil/local/lsd49.

 
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Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Michael Gayhart and Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Arren Halfacre ride on a Hong Kong Police Department fast pursuit craft during a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with the Hong Kong's small boat division.
160322-N-VS214-038 HONG KONG (March 22, 2016) Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Michael Gayhart and Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Arren Halfacre ride on a Hong Kong Police Department fast pursuit craft during a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with the Hong Kong's small boat division. The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit team are visiting Hong Kong during their first port visit since departing San Diego on deployment. While in port the Sailors and Marines have the opportunity to enjoy local culture and cuisine, attend organized tours, and participate in cultural exchanges and sporting events with local groups. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary Eshleman)
March 28, 2016
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