Kitty Hawk Departs Hong Kong After Successful Visit
Story Number: NNS051201-03
Release Date: 12/1/2005 12:13:00 PM
By Journalist 3rd Class Christopher Koons, USS Kitty Hawk Public Affairs
USS KITTY HAWK, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) departed Hong Kong Nov. 28, bringing an end to a four-day visit which took Kitty Hawk and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 Sailors on city tours, shopping expeditions, community service projects and exciting sporting events.
According to Nate Greene, Kitty Hawk’s morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) director, the 19 tours offered by MWR during the Hong Kong visit were all well-attended by Sailors.
“We had a total of 520 Sailors go on tours,” said Greene. “The Disneyland tour, Aberdeen night cruise and Ocean Park tours were the most popular. The nice weather really boosted attendance.”
In addition to MWR-sponsored tours, Kitty Hawk Sailors participated in eight community service projects organized by the ship’s religious ministries department.
“A total of 17 Sailors participated in our project,” said Chief Yeoman (SW) Antonio Franklin, who led the trip to the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children, Nov. 25. “We painted an external fence, cleaned and wiped down walls and went on a tour of the facility and its classrooms.”
According to Franklin, the children and staff of the home were very grateful for the assistance provided by the Sailors.
“The staff told us that we saved them a lot of money, and it was great to see the smiles on the children’s faces when we visited their classrooms,” he said. “We represented Kitty Hawk very well.”
CVW-5 Sailors also went on a community service project to Hong Chi Pinehill Village, a school for handicapped children, Nov. 26.
“We had a total of 22 Sailors, some from every [CVW-5] squadron, go on the trip,” said Aviation Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class (AW) David Forrest, of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 14. “We did landscape work, including trimming weeds and brush.”
The trip benefited both the Sailors who went on it and the staff and children of the school, said Forrest.
“We all had a good time,” he said. “The people at the school were very thankful to us for our efforts.”
Kitty Hawk’s athletic Sailors got a chance to show off their skills and shine on the court during the Hong Kong visit.
“We participated in a basketball tournament with the University of Hong Kong basketball team and the Nike All-Stars,” said Greene. “Kitty Hawk and [CVW-5] Sailors split up into an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team for the tournament.”
The two Hawk/5 teams ended up in the championship game facing each other, said Greene.
“The ‘B’ team defeated the Nike All-Stars 65-48 while the ‘A’ team defeated the University of Hong Kong 63-54,” he said. “In the championship, ‘A’ defeated ‘B’ 43-38.”
During the tournament, several players stood out for both Hawk/5 teams.
“For the ‘A’ team, Lt. Christopher Williams and [Culinary Specialist Seaman] Dennis Savoy both played strong offense and defense,” said Greene. “On the ‘B’ side, [Airman] Raymond Sinclair and [Airman] Yvon Joseph were the top scorers.”
Kitty Hawk Sailors said they enjoyed the visit to Hong Kong and the opportunity to simply unwind.
“I got a hotel room, went shopping in Kowloon and tried different kinds of food,” said Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Kristopher Wyatt, of Carrier Strike Group 5. “I had a very relaxing time.”
Other Sailors said Hong Kong offered a chance to purchase holiday gifts for their family.
“I bought clothes and accessories for my wife and went to Toys R’ Us to buy toys for my son,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Adam Cohen, of deck department. Overall, “I had a great time.”
The Kitty Hawk Strike Group is the largest carrier strike group in the Navy and is composed of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Cowpens (CG 63), and Destroyer Squadron 15.
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