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USS Robert G. Bradley Visits Boston

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071013-06
Release Date: 10/13/2007 11:15:00 AM

By Ensign Barry J. Cohen, USS Robert G. Bradley Public Affairs, Naval Station Mayport Public Affairs

USS ROBERT G. BRADLEY, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) completed a port visit to Boston, Mass., participating in a number of events throughout the city over the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

Robert G. Bradley provided a Color Guard for the New England Patriots game, marched in the Columbus Day parade through Boston’s North side, gave tours for over 450 visitors, and completed a community relations project at the homeless veteran's center.

Traditionally, the city invites ships to participate in Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day and Columbus Day festivities. The people of Boston exhibited this reputation by welcoming the crew with open arms, noted Lt. Aaron Woolsey.

“I’ve been in the Navy for 12 years and I’ve never been welcomed by a city like Boston has welcomed us!” exclaimed Woolsey.

Robert G. Bradley Sailors participated in community relations events. A group of Sailors spent an afternoon meeting with some of Boston’s veteran population by visiting the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans.

The home, founded in 1990, offers help to homeless veterans who are battling substance abuse, addiction, unemployment and post traumatic stress disorder.

Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class (SW) Desmond Rapach was more than happy to take time out to visit the veterans.

“I wanted to meet some of the people that served before me and thank them for carrying the torch," said Rapach. "I wanted them to know that I appreciate everything that they did.”

Robert G. Bradley pulled into Charlestown, home of the Boston Navy Yard, which placed the ship in close proximity to USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides" -- the nation’s oldest commissioned ship. This allowed a few Robert G. Bradley Sailors to have special ceremonies on Constitution’s decks.

Ensign William Burgess received his Surface Warfare Officer pin aboard the Constitution with family in attendance.

“The timing couldn’t have worked out more perfectly," said Burgess. "Not only was my brother able to attend, but I was able to become a surface warrior on our oldest ship. I couldn’t have asked for a better setting.”

When asked what he thought about the visit, Robert G. Bradley’s Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jim Cody said “It was refreshing to see the patriotism and respect that the people of Boston exhibited upon the crew. After such a great visit, I truly look forward to pulling into Boston again.”

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