By Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack
SOUTH CHINA SEA- Military and civilian leaders from the Republic of Singapore visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) at sea April 7.
Distinguished visitors including the ambassadors from Japan and France, high commissioners from Canada and New Zealand, and Col. Tim Lo, the fleet commander of the Royal Singapore Navy, arrived onboard the Nimitz aircraft carrier via a C-2A Greyhound from the “Providers” of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30. They met with John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) leadership, observed flight operations from the flight deck and toured spaces throughout the ship.
“It’s always an honor to engage with our partners in Singapore,” said Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, the JCSCSG commander. “We have a strong, enduring partnership and share a common commitment to maritime security and freedom of the seas.”
The U.S. and Indonesian Navies train together throughout the year, both bilaterally and multilaterally, in exercises such as Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), and work jointly in anti-terrorism and anti-piracy operations.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” said Lo. “Flight operations ran like clockwork and Sailors make it look so simple. These Sailors are obviously well-trained and make the United States Navy proud.”
As their visit concluded, the guests once again boarded a C-2A, taxied to one of the ship’s catapult tracks, then accelerated from zero to 185 nautical miles per hour in less than three seconds, launching from Stennis’ flight deck to return to Singapore.
The JCSCSG, consisting of Stennis, CVW-9, Destroyer Squadron 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG-53), entered U.S. 7th Fleet March 26 after spending more than five months operating with an supporting U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).
Distinguished visitors view flight operations on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ignacio D. Perez/ Released)
Rear Admiral Mike Shoemaker greets distinguished visitors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak/ Released)