Military

Lassen Arrives in Nagasaki

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080219-01
Release Date: 2/19/2008 10:47:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton, Fleet Public Affairs Det. Japan

NAGASAKI, Japan (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) arrived here Feb. 15 for a scheduled port visit.

While in port, the ship's crew members had a chance to meet local citizens and experience the local customs and traditions of the Japanese people, while participating in goodwill and friendship-building activities.

According to Cmdr. Anthony L. Simmons, commanding officer of Lassen, this port visit is a way to continue to build the relationship between the U.S. and the Japanese people.

"We definitely have to continue to build upon our relationship with our host nation," said Simmons. "We did that with community relations projects and sporting events, as well as getting around the city and showing our appreciation for the cultural opportunities, such as the city's lantern festival."

According to Simmons, the crew was excited about the visit to Nagasaki.

"This was our first port visit of the New Year, and I can't think of a better place than to be here," said Simmons. "We visited a city that has historical significance, and the crew is very excited to learn and to understand the city's past."

The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets, with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time. For more information, visit the U.S. 7th Fleet Web site at www.c7f.navy.mil.

For more news from USS Lassen, visit www.navy.mil/local/ddg82/.



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