By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kathleen O’Keefe
SINGAPORE- The U.S. Charge D’Affairs to Singapore and the commander of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) hosted more than 500 guests at a formal reception April 1 aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
The reception, held in the ship’s hangar bay, welcomed military and civilian officials and guests and heralded the continued partnership between the Republic of Singapore and the United States.
“It’s a great day for Singapore-U.S. relations,” said Louis Mazel, the U.S. Charge D’Affairs to Singapore. “This visit is a testament to the great security relationship we have with Singapore.”
Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander of the JCSCSG, thanked those in attendance for the country’s warm welcome and continued commitment to maintaining stability in the region.
“It is an honor and a privilege to visit again and host so many of our very good military and civilian friends from Singapore,” said Shoemaker.
During the two-hour reception, guests enjoyed a four-course buffet provided by Stennis’ culinary specialists and mingled with members of Stennis’ crew.
“I’m delighted that the U.S. Navy maintains its presence in this part of the world,” said Professor Graham Hunt, Head of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia. “This is a very difficult environment, and it’s very important that the U.S. continues to operate in this region.”
The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, consisting of Stennis, CVW-9, Destroyer Squadron 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility March 26 after spending more than five months operating with and supporting U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).
For more information on JCSCSG, visit http://www.cvn74.navy.mil
Members of the color guard of aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) present the national ensign as the national anthem is played during a reception in the hangar bay. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Will Tyndall/ Released)