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USS Chafee Makes a Difference in Hong Kong

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Story Number: NNS070828-10
Release Date: 8/28/2007 1:23:00 PM

By Ensign Nicholas Tawil, USS Chafee Public Affairs

USS CHAFEE, At Sea (NNS) -- Crew members aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) spent time giving back to the world community during the ship’s port visit to Hong Kong Aug. 22.

While enjoying quality liberty time in Hong Kong, many Sailors from all the visiting ships in the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) volunteered for community relations events designed to help local charitable organizations and express goodwill, appreciation and friendship to the communities.

Chafee Sailors were no exception and traveled to the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre located in Shatin, in Hong Kong’s New Territories, to lend a helping hand.

The centre was established in the early 1900s by Scandinavian missionaries and provides food, shelter, education, spiritual and moral guidance to the needy. Twelve Sailors donated their time and muscle to help local volunteers preserve the historic beauty and protect the centre from erosion by filling and placing hundreds of sandbags around the facility’s mountain edge.

The monks at the centre gave the Sailors a personal tour, including a viewing of the landmark 80-foot cross, the largest cross in Hong Kong.

Chafee is now operating as a part of the U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F). Operating in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, C7F is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets covering 52 million square miles, with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and more than 22,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time.

These forces are tangible proof of America’s commitment to peace and stability in Asia, and they directly support U.S. national goals of strengthening alliances, defeating global terrorism, preventing future terrorist attacks, defusing regional conflicts, and preserving the free flow of trade.

Nimitz CSG also includes embarked Destroyer Squadron 23 with guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59), guided-missile destroyers USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Chafee (DDG 90), and USS Pinckney (DDG 91) as well as the “Scorpions” of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 49, “Easy Riders” of HSL-37 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Det. 3.

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