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USS John S. McCain Arrives in Vladivostok

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070508-08
Release Date: 5/8/2007 4:24:00 PM

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

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (NNS) -- USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived in Vladivostok, Russia May 7 for a scheduled port visit and to participate in Victory Day celebrations.

Victory Day, which is called "V.E. Day" (for Victory in Europe Day) in the U.S., is celebrated on May 9 in Russia as the day in 1945 when the Allies accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany, ending World War II in Europe.

“We are very excited to be here to celebrate Victory Day,” said Cmdr. Thomas C. Halvorson, the ship’s commanding officer. “We also look forward to strengthening our relationship and to maintaining strong ties and stability in this region. We look forward to a wonderful visit in Vladivostok.”

While in port, the ship’s approximately 300 crew members will have a chance to participate in military to military partnership building activities, meet local citizens through community relations projects, experience local customs and traditions, and enjoy recreational sports exchanges with Russian sailors.

The ship has been conducting routine operations in the western Pacific Ocean. This routine deployment of John S. McCain and its crew supports the longstanding U.S. commitment to peace and security in this vital region of the world.

John S. McCain is an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The 8,315-ton warship is a multi-mission platform designed to support carrier and expeditionary strike groups.

John S. McCain is permanently forward-deployed to the western Pacific and operates as a part of the U.S. 7th Fleet from Yokosuka, Japan. The destroyer reports to Destroyer Squadron 15, the Navy’s largest destroyer squadron.

Operating in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean, the U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets, composed of approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time.

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