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Carl Vinson Strike Group Hosts Reception in Busan

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS170320-10
Release Date: 3/20/2017 10:10:00 AM

From USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Public Affairs

BUSAN, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group hosted a reception for local guests while conducting a port visit in Busan, Republic of Korea, March 18.

During the reception, Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1; and Capt. Doug Verissimo, commanding officer of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); welcomed Charge d'Affaires ad interim, U.S. Embassy Seoul Marc Knapper; Vice Adm. Jung Jin, Seop, commander, Republic of Korea Flee; and Commander of Naval Forces Korea, Rear Adm. Brad Cooper; among other guests in an effort to highlight the strong partnership between U.S. and the Republic of Korea.

"Carl Vinson Strike Group is proud to call the Republic of Korea our partners, in the air and on the sea, as we continue to build on a relationship that spans more than 60 years," said Kilby to more than 500 people gathered in hangar bay two. "The partnership we have is strengthened as we improve our interoperability during the Foal Eagle exercise and through moments like these -- Katchi Kapshida (We Go Together)."

The reception kicked off with a demonstration from Carl Vinson's color guard while the Republic Of Korea navy Band played both the United States and Republic of Korea's national anthems.

After a cake cutting to mark the end of the official portion of the ceremony, guests and Sailors enjoyed a traditional Korean drum ensemble and fusion K-Pop performance uniting two cultures under one flight-deck roof.

"I recently had the opportunity to fly onto the carrier, and let me just say how proud I was to see the men and women of this great vessel working together in support and in defense," said Knapper, "not in support of just the United States, but in the defense and protection of this great alliance we share with the Republic of Korea."

The U.S. Navy routinely works with ROK forces to maintain interoperability and presence in the area. Exercises are conducted throughout the year including subject matter expert exchanges, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare drills, communication drills, air-defense exercises, counter-mine planning and distinguished visitor embarkations.

U.S. Navy aircraft CSGs have patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific regularly and routinely for more than 70 years and will continue to do so. Carl Vinson has deployed to the region and has operated in the South China Sea during 16 separate deployments over its 35 year history.

CSG-1 departed San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment to the western Pacific, Jan. 5. Carl Vinson, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, and embarked Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 1 deployed with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) and USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112).

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