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Nimitz Crew Experiences Hong Kong

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050613-14
Release Date: 6/13/2005 2:16:00 PM

By Journalist 3rd Class Dustin Q. Diaz, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

USS NIMITZ, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed Hong Kong June 7 after a four-day port visit, to resume its deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

In visiting the Chinese metropolis, Nimitz’ crew got the chance to see a unique city and experience a culture few might encounter in other walks of life.

“I think the Navy gives us a great opportunity when we see the world and go to places like Hong Kong,” said Airman John Acuff, 20, a resident of Phoenix. "It really gives me a new outlook on my future.”

Nimitz’ crew enjoyed countless markets and malls for shopping, a wide variety of restaurants and modern public transportation via ferry, an extensive bus route system and the Mass Transit Railway. Some of the more popular sights to see included numerous museums, the world’s largest outdoor bronze Buddha statue and Ocean Park.

“The thing I’ll remember most about Hong Kong is probably the three-story-tall aquarium at Ocean Park,” said Airman Brad Bramhill, 23, from Venicia, Calif. “I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. I started at the top of the tank, and I swear the batteries for my digital camera died before I was able to see the whole thing!”

The ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation department offered affordable hotel reservations, tours and golf games for crew members looking to get the most out of their Hong Kong visit.

Nimitz’ Religious Ministries department organized a restoration project at Bayanihan Center, Hong Kong’s public migrant worker assistant center. More than 40 Sailors participated in the community service project.

Nimitz’ Commanding Officer, Capt. Ted Branch, held a Captain’s Call in the hangar bay before the ship got underway, and had nothing but praise for the crew and optimism for the rest of the deployment.

“The way the crew represented the Navy and the United States in Hong Kong was just top-notch,” said Branch. “That goes a long way to making future visits go smoother and reflecting well on our country, too. I couldn’t be more proud!”

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