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Peleliu Makes Port Visit to Singapore

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Story Number: NNS080603-14
Release Date: 6/3/2008 12:39:00 PM

From USS Peleliu Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Peleliu had a chance to meet local citizens, experience local customs and traditions and enjoy the many recreational activities offered during a scheduled port visit to Singapore, June 2.

Capt. Marcus A. Hitchcock, Peleliu's commanding officer, said he is looking forward to Peleliu Sailors and Marines being able to experience the culture of the "Lion City" during the ship's port visit to Singapore.

"Singapore is our second port visit since beginning our deployment last month and one of our most important partners with many shared interests," said Hitchcock.
"We have a tradition of being good ambassadors for the United States whenever we make a port visit. The Peleliu's presence in the Western Pacific demonstrates America's commitment to our close allies in the region."

Peleliu Sailors and Marines are scheduled to take part in two community relations projects while in Singapore. On June 3, a group of 40 Sailors will help clean up a beach near the Sembawang Naval Base. The Sailors and Marines will help remove trash and other debris that has washed up on the shore.

"We are a nation with incalculable wealth and riches," said Lt. Kevin Norton, a chaplain aboard Peleliu who organized the COMREL projects for the ship. "Community relations projects afford us opportunities to give out of our abundance."

A group of 20 Sailors and Marines is also scheduled to spend the day with children from Sunbeam Place June 4. Sailors will interact with the children and take them to the pool for a day of fun and games.

"It is important in that our participation in such projects allows our allies and enemies around the world to see and experience the true spirit of America," said Norton. "They see the spirit that cares and shares. They see the spirit of selflessness and generosity."

The ship departed her homeport of San Diego, May 4 on a regularly scheduled deployment.

For more news from USS Peleliu - Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/lha5/.

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