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Fitzgerald, Kitty Hawk Visit Muroran, Japan

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071029-09
Release Date: 10/29/2007 4:19:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Barry Hirayama, Fleet Public Affairs Center, Det. Japan

MURORAN, Japan (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer, USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), and America's permanently forwarded deployed aircraft carrier, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), arrived at the Japanese Northern Island of Hokkaido, Oct. 26, for a scheduled visit to the port city of Muroran.

While in port, Fitzgerald's crew will have a chance to meet local citizens, experience local customs and traditions of the Japanese people, as well as the chance to participate in sightseeing tours in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.

"This port visit is an opportunity for the crew of the Fitzgerald to meet and interact with the citizens of the wonderful city of Muroran," said Cmdr. Daniel P. Dusek, Fitzgerald's commanding officer.

"Muroran is going to be an incredible experience for everyone," said Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Tyler R. Schoeppey.

According to Schoeppey, this will be Fitzgerald's first visit to Muroran and the crew is very excited about visiting Hokkiado, as the vast majority of the crew has never been here.

"It's always exciting to visit new places. One of the best parts of being forward deployed is the opportunity to visit great cities like Muroran," said Schoeppey.

Fitzgerald Sailors are slated to provide several ship tours to some of the 40,000 visitors expected from in and around the Muroran area. The crew will also be participating in numerous sporting events with sporting teams from throughout the community.

"Fitzgerald is a truly amazing warship with a fine crew. All of my 300 Sailors are outstanding ambassadors for the U.S. and it is my distinct pleasure to show off Fitzgerald and her crew to the people of Muroran," said Dusek.

The U.S. 7th Fleet is the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. Fleets, with approximately 50 ships, 120 aircraft and 20,000 Sailors and Marines assigned at any given time. For more information from U.S. 7th Fleet, visit .

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