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Frank Cable Departs the Marshall Islands after Successful Port Visit

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS170329-30
Release Date: 3/29/2017 2:24:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josh Cote, USS Frank Cable (AS 40), Public Affairs

MAJURO, Republic of the Marshall Islands (NNS) -- The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) departed the Republic of the Marshall Islands after completing a successful five-day port visit in Majuro, March 17.

While in port, the Sailors and Military Sealift Command civilian mariners hosted distinguished visitors on the ship, participated in community relations (COMREL) projects with the Marshallese people and experienced what the Marshall Islands has to offer.

"What a unique and wonderful opportunity for the Frank Cable to visit the Marshall Islands, and specifically the atoll of Majuro," said Capt. Drew St. John, Frank Cable commanding officer. "It has been a good number of years since a U.S. Navy ship last pulled into Majuro and the interactions between the Sailors and the local community were great."

Frank Cable Sailors highlighted the partnership with the Marshallese through two COMRELs in Majuro. Sailors volunteered their time at Waan Aelon in Majel, a program designed to help Marshallese men and women who struggle to find employment, and at the Majuro Baptist Christian Academy during physical education class. Afterward, the Sailors spoke with students about the Navy and different career opportunities.

"It allows our Sailors to immerse themselves in the Marshallese culture and allow them to interact with and share Navy career opportunities with the trainees at WAM," said Lt. Nathanael Gentilhomme, Frank Cable chaplain. "It's always eye-opening when Sailors learn about different traditions, goals and values of other people's groups."

From the COMRELS to the ship tours, St. John said the local community was very welcoming and excited to see Sailors walking around town.

St. John said, "I continue to be proud of how this crew fills the role of ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and United States and I look forward for the opportunity to return to this Island nation."

Frank Cable, en route to Portland, Ore. for her dry-dock phase maintenance availability, conducts maintenance and supports submarines and surface vessels deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.



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