Military

Nimitz Crew Enjoys Port Visit to Bahrain

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Story Number: NNS050822-04
Release Date: 8/22/2005 10:54:00 AM

By Journalist 3rd Class Felix E. Crosser, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

USS NIMITZ, Persian Gulf (NNS) -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) anchored at the Kingdom of Bahrain, an island nation in the Persian Gulf, Aug. 9-14. The port visit afforded the Sailors and Marines of Carrier Strike Group 11 an opportunity to relax after more than a month at sea.

Many Sailors celebrated their off-duty time with a variety of entertainment activities sponsored by the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) department, but most were looking for a way to beat the 100-plus degree heat.

One Sailor found his escape poolside. “It was the best thing I’ve done in this port,” said Engineman 3rd Class Raymond Constantine. “I swam for a good two or three hours.”

Constantine went on an MWR-sponsored trip to Al Bander Beach Resort, which had a swim-up bar, a lounge by a lagoon, and canoes to paddle around in. He said he took delight in the friendly, tropical surroundings.

“The whole atmosphere was really laid back,” he added.

Airman Christopher Dell found the resort to be a new experience while enduring the Gulf heat.

“You’re out there with the local people and with the Navy people,” Dell said. “They all have cheerful attitudes, and it is a nice place to go on a hot day!”

MWR also had some indoor activities for Sailors and Marines.

“I had a great time bowling with the locals,” said Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Edward Carr, who took part in the Funland bowling and ice skating trip. He said that sports help different cultures strive toward a common goal. “No matter where you go in the world, everyone likes to compete,” Carr said.

Funland provided 18 lanes and a food court with various fast-food eateries from the United States to give crew members a taste of home. The ice skating rink, located in the same building, offered a place for skaters to try their dance and hockey moves.

Whether it was having a day splashing in the pool, enjoying a strike at the lanes, or taking part in other getaways, Nimitz crew members took advantage of their spare time in Bahrain. They enjoyed recreational activities that also allowed for interaction with the surrounding culture.

Nimitz is currently deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

 



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