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French, Japanese, U.S. Ambassadors to Bahrain Visit Big E

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Story Number: NNS071004-13
Release Date: 10/4/2007 4:09:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Octavio N. Ortiz, USS Enterprise Public Affairs/Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- The French, Japanese and American Ambassadors to Bahrain visited USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) on Oct. 3.

French Ambassador Malika Berak, Japanese Ambassador Takeshi Kondo, and U.S. Ambassador Adam Ereli saw first-hand how the Sailors of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group conduct maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf.

From the flag bridge the guests viewed USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) pull alongside Enterprise and an air power demonstration by Carrier Air Wing 1. After a lunch, prepared by Big E culinary specialists, the guests proceeded to the flight deck and viewed launches and recoveries up close.

Ereli commented about the importance of visiting Enterprise and understanding the mission.

“It’s important that the representatives to Bahrain come and see what the Sailors and Marines are doing and express support for them,” he said. “It helps me do my part for my country if I can see what they’re doing and meet with the commanders to understand the mission. When you’re a super power, there’s military power and diplomatic power and the two have to work in tandem.”

Rear Adm. Dan Holloway, commander, Carrier Strike Group 12 said the visit demonstrates the strike group’s capabilities and helps the guests understand maritime security operations.

“We are here to show them what we can bring to the fight as a U.S. asset” said Holloway. “To host them as distinguish visitors really builds the partnership, sharing of information and letting them know about maritime security operations.”

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